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A Nasty Divorce

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Since country singer Sara Evans dropped out of Dancing with the Stars and filed for divorce from Republican activist Craig Schelske last October, there’s been one sordid claim after another, involving everything from online sex ads to an affair with the nanny. But last week, the divorce got even uglier when Schelske’s lawyers filed court papers asking Evans to admit to affairs or romantic involvement with Kenny Chesney and 10 other men. In his filing, Schelske, 44, asks Evans, 36, to detail “romantic communication between you and Chesney . . . whether he sent flowers; expressed emotions of love and/or physical attraction.”

Evans’s camp countered that Schelske’s filing is an attempt to ruin her reputation. In papers filed by her lawyers Sept. 11, Evans says her husband sent an e-mail reading, “It won’t matter anyway whether you answer them or not. The questions themselves will answer all the tabloids want to know. I don’t care about draining every last dime and completely destroying your career.”

With both sides bound by a gag order imposed to protect the couple’s three young children, Nashville divorce attorney Rose Palermo calls the airing of dirty laundry in court papers a way to “get around the gag order and cause embarrassment. I’d put these questions in the same category as, ‘Have you quit beating your wife?'” The exes are next due in court Sept. 28.