Two years after Nashville’s Jack White and Karen Elson threw a party to celebrate the pair’s ostensibly friendly break up, Elson has sought and received a restraining order against rock star White after a flurry of harassment allegations.
“Wife fears for her and the children’s safety as a result of this harassment,” the order read, describing how White contacted his ex-wife’s paralegal “in an inappropriate and aggressive manner.”
Elson, who cares for the pair’s two children, has been tussling for months with White over parenting rights. White wants to help raise the children, although Elson maintains that White is not fit to be a parent.
White, according to the restraining order affidavit, has a violent temper and a tendency of sending harassing emails and text messages.
Elson has contacted White’s attorney about the number of phone calls and emails he was allegedly sending “pressuring her about the settlement terms for divorce.”
In one email, White wrote: “I’m not extending this anymore,” referring to a settlement. “And we’re not getting lawyers involved to rip me off.”
Recently, according to the filing, White wanted Elson to contact their kids’ private school in an effort to get their kids out of a class in which another entertainer’s child was present. White said that he feels that entertainer “ripped off” his music, the order said.
In another incident, White berated Elson when she attended the wedding of a rival musician. Again, he was upset because this entertainer also “ripped off” his music, according to the order. The musician was unnamed in the court filing.
Elson has on multiple occasions asked White to attend family counseling, but Elson says White has refused.
Elson’s attorney Rose Palermo said both sides have been working to settle the dispute privately. She had no further comment.
Cathy Speers Johnson, attorney for White, could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.
White, the order said, contacted the duo’s business manager and made derogatory comments about Elson. “This was done to harass and embarrass wife.”
“This pattern of husband’s bullying wife into submission was a contributing factor in the demise of their marriage."
Palermo has filed a motion for a custodial psychological evaluation, which is still pending results.
White was served the restraining order on July 22. It was signed by Circuit Court Judge Philip Robinson. White is barred from having “any contact with wife whatsoever except as it relates to parenting time with the parties’ minor children.”
Furthermore, White is only allowed to communicate with Elson over email.
The two have a hearing Aug. 29 over a dispute over their two children.