Tom DeLay's Candidate Quicksteps Out of 'Dancing'

By Lisa de Moraes
Saturday, October 14, 2006

Tom DeLay's efforts to seize control of the voting on ABC's hit reality series "Dancing With the Stars" came crashing down this week when his candidate, country crooner Sara Evans, abruptly quit the show and filed for divorce.

Evans will explain in an interview to be taped for Tuesday's broadcast why she is leaving the show, her attorney of record for the divorce, John Hollins Jr., told The TV Column.

In divorce papers filed Thursday, Evans contends hubby Craig Schelske cheated on her, verbally abused her, drank excessively and often watched porn in their house. In a news release yesterday, Schelske "adamantly" denied the allegations.

Additionally, Evans said in her filing, her husband has photographs of himself having sex with other women and has at least 100 nude photos of himself in a state similar to that of my 4-year-old Yorkshire terrier after playing with his favorite plush toy, Mr. Humpy-Fox.

Evans also says that Schelske watched porn on their computer and made requests online for sex with multiple partners.

Evans has a lot to say about her husband.

For instance, she says in the court papers, late last month he screamed at her that she could not let a costume designer for "Dancing With the Stars" into their temporary L.A. home because the costume designer was a "sodomite." She also claims he told her one of their children broke out in hives upon seeing the costume designer.

They have three children, ages 7, 3 and 2.

In his statement, put out by a Washington, D.C.-based spokesman, Schelske said, "I have made the decision to forgive Sara for the unfortunate campaign that she and her publicity advisors are currently waging. . . . Sara has unfortunately become a dramatically different person over the last year and it is something we have struggled to deal with. Sadly, it appears we have failed.

"The best I can do at this difficult time is ask that people of faith would pray for her and for my family."

The spokesman for Schelske told The TV Column that "he was completely caught off guard. He does not want to play this out in the media."

Evans rep at music label Sony BMG Music Entertainment, said in a statement: "Recent events that shed light on the status of her marriage prompted Ms. Evans to make the filing.

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