In 2011, Karen Elson and Jack White announced their divorce with a party–a “positive swing hum dinger”–to “celebrate the making and breaking of the sacred union of marriage.” I thought it was the cutest, classiest, most grown-up thing a soon-to-be-divorced couple could do and was sure the two would be pals.
The order comes after White allegedly harassed and berated Elson a number of times, including sending threatening emails to her and her paralegal and making derogatory comments to their mutual business manager to “harass and embarrass” her.
“Wife fears for her and the children’s safety as a result of this harassment,” the order read. Elson maintains that White is not fit to be a parent, and the two have apparently been squabbling over parenting rights for the past few months. In addition to the restraining order, Elson’s attorney Rose Palermo filed a motion for a custodial psychological evaluation. Results are pending.
According to the order White has a violent temper and a tendency of sending harassing emails and text messages. Elson has apparently repeatedly asked White to attend therapy but the musician has refused.
The order, which refers to them as wife and husband, makes it unclear whether the pair’s divorce was ever finalized. Part of Elson‘s complaints was that White was “pressuring her about the settlement terms for divorce.”
“This pattern of husband’s bullying wife into submission was a contributing factor in the demise of their marriage,” the filing continues.
White was served with the restraining order July 22, which bars him from having “any contact with wife whatsoever except as it relates to parenting time with the parties’ minor children.” He is also only allowed to communicate with her via email, pending a hearing scheduled for August 29
“This is a private matter,” Elson told E! Online. “I thank you for respecting my family’s privacy and will be making no further comment.” White declined to comment.