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Sandra Bullock is surely celebrating her Oscar nomination for Best Actress today. But not everything in her life right now is golden. On Monday, The Blind Side star, 45, and her husband, Jesse James, 40, continued to fight for custody of his six-year-old daughter Sunny with his ex-wife, porn star Janine Lindemulder.
An Orange County judge denied Lindemulder visitation rights, according to E! News, after James contended that his ex has “no filter” when she talks about her recent stint in prison. (Last year, she went to jail for tax evasion for six months.) "There's a lot of conversation about prison or jail and things that I don't think a 6-year-old can comprehend or process." He also informed the judge that Lindemulder did not show up on Christmas to see Sunny, despite having made plans to do so.
But James and Bullock, who have been caring for Sunny since Lindemulder checked into jail in January 2009 (she was released in July), didn’t win on all counts. The judge allowed Lindemulder the right to make daily telephone calls to her daughter -- despite James’ claim that his ex will often text him "up to 20 times a day, demanding to talk to Sunny...But sometimes she'll go a week at a time where she doesn't make a call."
If past court battles are any indication, this custody dispute could get uglier. Since last year, according to Us Weekly, James and Bullock's fight against Lindemulder has been single-minded. In court papers, James wrote that he was determined not to let his ex-wife gain custody because he feared his daughter would be introduced to her mother’s sordid world if she lived with her.
Bullock also wrote a letter to the judge claiming that the child was left alone during the day while her mom was "asleep from drug use." What’s more, she wrote: "I am aware that Janine has claimed many times that my desire to have [the girl], was because I could not have children of my own [James has three kids with his first wife, Karla]... That couldn't be farther from the truth."
While the Orange County judge commended James and Bullock on handling the situation and caring for Sunny despite intense media scrutiny, he nevertheless ordered them to undergo joint counseling.
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