Testimony resumed today in the hearing regarding the no-contact order brought about by Patricia Driscoll for an alleged assault by her ex-boyfriend NASCAR driver Kurt Busch.
Driscoll, claimed that Busch grabbed her by her throat and face and slammed her head into a wall beside the bed three times. Whereas Busch said he repeatedly told Driscoll to leave after she showed up uninvited shortly after their breakup and demanded that he give her son a reason as to why the relationship was over between the couple.
Busch testified in December that he did not assault Driscoll inside his motorhome at Dover International Speedway in September. And today re-illustrated his version of the events with his attorney, Rusty Hardin, Busch showed how he placed his hand on Driscoll.
“I cupped her cheeks, I looked her in the eye, and I said ‘You have to leave,” Busch testified.
“I know that she could take me down at any moment, because she’s a bad-ass,” Busch said when they had first met, Driscoll, who runs a defense contracting firm, told him she was a trained assassin, a ‘mercenary’ who killed people for a living.
Busch, who has been known to have had issues within the NASCAR community, and is currently known as ‘The Outlaw’ admitted he thought it was exciting adding that Driscoll showed him pictures of bodies with gunshot wounds after he told her he didn’t believe her.
Driscoll gave further evidence to bolster her claim she made to Busch with a behind the scenes tour of Fort Bragg, and she also claimed a long belly scar was the result of stab wound suffered during a mission, seemed to affirm the belief Busch had in her, according to his testimony.
Busch did testify that he had been crying while watching Seven Years in Tibet a movie in which the protagonist leaves his wife and son, and it caused him to reflect on his own breakup with Driscoll, Busch had a strong bond with her son, even having Driscoll’s son at the track in a firesuit identical to his own, and was known as the ‘Mini Outlaw.’
“It hit me emotionally,” Busch said, who once again denied the allegations presented by Driscoll that said he wished he had a gun so he could kill himself.
Busch said he made the decision to break up with Driscoll after the September race in New Hampshire because she was monopolizing his schedule and he needed to focus on his racing career and team.
“I had other people tell me she was crazy…I didn’t believe it simply because of what I had seen and heard,” Busch said. “When she doesn’t get her way, you don’t want to stand in front of that bulldozer.”
While Driscoll filed for the no contact order because she fears Busch, Busch read a text exchange in court Monday from October in which Driscoll describes her disappointment that he had not tried to reach out to contact her after the Dover incident.
During Monday’s court session the first witness was Nick Terry, a chaplain with Motor Racing Outreach, which ministers to NASCAR drivers.
Terry did say Driscoll showed up crying at his motorhome on the night of the alleged assault and told him Busch had grabbed her by the neck and pushed her against the wall. But Driscoll never told him that Busch slammed her head into the wall, and that both he and his wife didn’t notice any marks on Driscoll, after Driscoll asked both he and his wife to look for marks or redness on her neck.
Terry testified that initially he refused requests by Busch’s attorneys to testify in the proceeding because he didn’t want to take sides in the dispute between Busch and Driscoll, but changed his mind after shown excerpts from the testimony given by Driscoll who told the court the Busch’s attorneys had threatened and tried to bribe Terry. Terry said that was not true.
Terry then denied Driscoll’s allegations that he had been threatened and offered bribes by Busch’s attorneys.
Another witness was Kristy Cloutier, Busch’s executive assistant, who described the relationship as one of a puppet and his puppeteer.
“Patricia was the puppeteer in telling him what to do and when to do it,” Cloutier testified. She also acknowledge that Busch is known to have a temper and speaks and acts before thinking, but that she does not believe he is capable of physical abuse.
Driscoll, who filed the protection order last year, saying that she fears for her safety, has requested that Busch stay away from her and not contact her. She is also asking for Busch to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and order him to be evaluated by a certified domestic violence treatment agency, according to the court documents filed.
Hardin, Busch’s attorney, contended if Driscoll was upset that Busch did not reach out to her following the alleged incident in Dover how can she be fearful for her safety, while concurrently reaching out to talk things over with Busch.
Busch’s attorneys have portrayed Driscoll as a scorned woman out to destroy his career, one that she feels she helped rebuild.
Busch will continue with his testimony on Tuesday, Jan. 13.