The Dancing Gets Dirtier in the Evans-Schelske Divorce

By Lisa de Moraes
Saturday, October 21, 2006

One more reason why the Walt Disney Co. might want to refrain from putting on one of its ABC shows anyone who's passed Tom DeLay's "American values" test:

The husband of former "Dancing With the Stars" celeb contestant Sara Evans says she filed for divorce one day after he discovered that she was cheating on him and that her interest in her children and her spouse declined after she started performing on ABC's dance competition series.

Evans filed for divorce last week and abruptly left the hit show, claiming, among many other things, that husband Craig Schelske had an affair with their former nanny.

In court documents filed yesterday in the Chancery Court for Williamson County, Tenn., Schelske denied that claim and also Evans's accusations that he was verbally abusive, drank alcohol in excess, liked to watch porn in their house, had photos of himself with other women and had 100 nude pictures of himself in a state of sexual arousal.

Schelske, who in 2002 ran for Congress from Oregon's 5th District as a Republican, does not name the person with whom he alleges his wife was having an affair.

He denies that he threatened her or called her crazy, as she has claimed. He says that he has continued to be fully supportive of her since "her apparent nervous breakdown in 2005" and that he has encouraged her "to seek professional help and monitored medication."

Schelske also denies posing for any nude photos except a few -- taken by his wife. The occasion was their 10th wedding anniversary, and even so he says he "regrets" the incident, while noting that they were "two consenting adults."

We'll give you a minute here to catch your breath.

He acknowledged that he occasionally watched "adult movies" -- with his wife. He says the two of them were watching one such movie together when their oldest child, age 7, whom they thought was in bed, entered the room unexpectedly, at which time they immediately turned it off.

He also says he never screamed at his wife about a costume designer from the show; she claimed that he went nuts when the costume designer tried to come to their house because, she says he said, the designer was a "sodomite." Anyway, he says their recent disagreements had nothing to do with the designer or "his lifestyle" but instead focused on her "conduct" since she began participating in the "Dancing With the Stars" program. That conduct included "declining interest in her marital roles and responsibilities" and "neglect" of their three children.

And now, because we do love irony, let's pause to remember that before this latest edition of the dance competition show debuted, DeLay sent out a letter to the masses urging them to vote for Evans because she represented "good American values in the media."

"We need to send a message to Hollywood and the media that smut has no place on television by supporting good people like Sara Evans," said DeLay, the former House majority leader, who resigned from Congress after a Texas grand jury indicted him on charges stemming from a campaign finance investigation.

And now, if you'll excuse us, we feel an urgent need for a shower.

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