Earlier today, we reported the disturbing news that Karen Elson, Jack White’s ex-wife, had filed a restraining order against him, alleging, among other things, that White wanted his kids out of a class with another musician’s kids, since he felt that this other musician had “ripped off” his music. The initial report didn’t name the other musician, but thanks to some emails that were used in court, we now know who that musician is. It’s Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach. Here’s what White wrote:
my concern with auerbach is because i dont want the kids involved in any of that crap. you aren’t thining ahead. that’s a possible twelve fucking years i’mg going to be sitting in kids chairs next to that asshole with other people trying to lump us in together. he gets another freee reign to follow me around and copy me and push himself into my world.
This is obviously intense and controlling behavior, and it doesn’t seem like a great way to make parenting decisions. But you can at least see where the “rip me off” talk comes from. TMZ has all the emails in question. They’re harsh and personal and really not meant for our consumption, but, I mean, they’re there. Try to not look.
UPDATE: According to Rolling Stone, White has filed a countermotion objecting to claims he harassed Elson and is an unfit parent. “The reason for filing this response is that Mr. White does not want to be portrayed as something he is not, violent toward his wife and children,” it reads. It also points out that Elson left their children in White’s care for 10 days after she signed her restraining order affidavit. “One who was truly fearful of another would not leave their children alone with that person for 10 days,” the countermotion says. “The truth of the matter is that Ms. Elson is not fearful for herself or the parties’ minor children.”