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NASCAR driver Kurt Busch testified in court earlier this week that his former girlfriend is a trained assassin hired to kill people around the world.
Busch's eyebrow-raising testimony came during a hearing over a no-contact order requested by Patricia Driscoll, Busch's allegedly deadly ex-girlfriend. As ESPN reports, Busch didn't just make the accusation once during the proceeding, but made the claim repeatedly over the four-day hearing.
What's the story behind Busch's surprising allegations?
No Contact Order Hearing Followed Alleged Assault
Driscoll requested the no contact order against Busch after he allegedly assaulted her inside his motor home at Dover International Speedway in 2014. Those allegations are currently the subject of a separate criminal investigation.
Meantime, however, Driscoll is seeking a protective order against Busch. If granted, the order would require Busch to refrain from making contact with Driscoll, in addition to any other requirements ordered by the court, such as staying a certain distance away from the protected person at all times.
Claim Allegedly Lifted From 'Fictional Movie Script'
Busch claimed in his testimony that Driscoll had told him on multiple occasions about her work as an assassin, once coming home in blood-spattered clothing, and even showing him pictures of bodies with gunshot wounds, reports The Washington Post.
There is likely a legal motive behind Busch's testimony. As Mashable opined, Bush's claims "appear to be an attempt to discredit [Driscoll's] allegations on the grounds that he would be incapable of causing her harm." Busch reportedly testified, "I know that [Driscoll] could take me down at any moment, because she's a bad-ass."
Although Driscoll did not deny Busch's claims under oath, she later alleged that Busch lifted the story from a "fictional movie script" that Driscoll has been working on for eight years, which she claimed Busch had read.
Driscoll is the CEO of Frontline Defense Systems, a company which calls itself a "customized services company specifically designed to support the U.S. Govt. and commercial companies engaged in the Global War on Terror." Her bio on the company's website claims that Driscoll has "spent the majority of her career in the narcotics and intelligence world."
The court is expected to rule on Driscoll's request for a no-contact order later this month, or in February at the latest.