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NASCAR Driver Says Ex's Assault Allegations Are "Fabricated"

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP) - NASCAR driver Kurt Busch says his ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, fabricated an alleged assault at Dover International speedway in September.

Busch took the stand Wednesday on the second day of a hearing in Kent County Family Court.

Driscoll is asking the court to order Busch to stay away from and have no contact with her.

An alleged assault inside Busch's motorhome is at the heart of the protection from abuse hearing and an ongoing criminal investigation by the Dover Police Department.

Tuesday Driscoll described the event this way: "He grabbed me by the throat and by the face and smashed my head into the wall three times."

Wednesday Busch recalled their interaction like this: "I took my hands and cupped her cheek. I looked at her eye to eye. I said, 'You need to leave.' I was diffusing the situation."

"I think when this is all over it's going to be very clear that what happened here was she did not want that relationship over," Rusty Hardin, Busch's nationally-known defense attorney, told reporters outside the courthouse. "And once she found out it was, she set out on a pattern to convince others that he was an abuser and to convince others that she was the victim. She set out on a pattern to destroy him."

"I don't know what he's capable of doing," Driscoll said during six hours on the stand Tuesday. She finished her testimony Wednesday.

Busch's attorneys say a no-contact order is not needed.

"Can't you agree with me, ma'am, you don't need a protective order from him?" Hardin asked Driscoll. "Neither one of you wants to be around the other."

Driscoll replied she did not agree with his assessment.

Busch was told ahead of taking the stand anything he said could be used against him in a future criminal case if there were one. He was at times combative on the stand. His testimony is not done yet.

"From my standpoint, looking at it, this man didn't do what he's charged with," Hardin said. "He's paid an incredible price. And for people to be putting pressure on his employer not to be able to earn his living is just flat out wrong."

A neighbor of Driscoll's and the driver of Busch's motorhome also testified Wednesday.

The hearing will resume Jan. 12. Driscoll can file an emergency application, if she wants, in the meantime.

Driscoll testified Tuesday she became concerned about Busch after the couple fought following a race in New Hampshire, one week before the Dover incident. She said Busch was drinking and struggling with depression. Driscoll said he also became violent after the New Hampshire race.

Defense attorneys said Busch told her then that their relationship was over, but that she refused to accept the couple had permanently split.


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