In spat over assault allegations, Patricia Driscoll responds that "ludicrous" allegation comes from screenplay

By Jeff Truesdell
January 14, 2015 12:15 PM
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NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, known as “The Outlaw,” claimed in court Tuesday that he’d had a killer girlfriend – an actual killer.

Defending himself during a hearing that turned on whether he’d assaulted his ex last fall, Busch asserted that Patricia Driscoll portrayed herself to him as a hired assassin who’d worked covertly in Central and South America and once, after leaving in camouflage gear, returned wearing a trench coat over an evening gown covered in blood, reports ESPN.

The claim is “ludicrous,” Driscoll later told Associated Press, and instead comes “straight from a fictional movie script” that she’s been writing and which Busch has read.

In court, however, Busch told his attorney Rusty Hardin: “Everybody on the outside can tell me I’m crazy, but I lived on the inside and saw it firsthand.”

The bizarre allegation emerged in a Dover, Delaware, courtroom where Driscoll was seeking a protective order. She claims Busch assaulted her last September inside his motorhome at Dover International Raceway by grabbing her face and neck and slamming her head against the wall, according to

Driscoll filed for the protective order last November, leading to two days of hearings in Kent County Family Court in December and two more this week. Attorneys for both sides now have two weeks to submit written closing arguments before the judge will rule.

“We know one thing: He never physically abused her,” Busch’s attorney Hardin told reporters after court Tuesday. “We’re real comfortable that was made clear today, over the past two days in particular.”

But this much also was made clear: Busch believes his ex-girlfriend is a mercenary who has killed for a living. He testified on Monday that she had shown him photographs of bodies with gunshot wounds, and on Tuesday he said that Driscoll claimed a female character in the film “Zero Dark Thirty,” about the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden, was a composite of her and other women.

During the court hearing last month, Michael Donchef, who worked as a personal assistant to the couple, testified that Driscoll had claimed to be a trained assassin for the U.S. government and once told him, “I take down foreign governments. I own Washington.”

Although neither Driscoll nor her attorney refuted the allegation in court, Driscoll told the Associated Press in a telephone interview later Tuesday: “These statements made about being a trained assassin, hired killer, are ludicrous and without basis and are an attempt to destroy my credibility.”

She added: “I find it interesting that some of the outlandish claims comes straight from a fictional movie script I’ve been working on for eight years.”

Busch said in court that he decided to end his relationship with Driscoll because she was monopolizing his time and he wanted to focus on racing.

Another witness, Richard Andrew Sniffen, a Christian musician who performs at NASCAR outreach events, testified that Driscoll contacted him the night of the alleged assault and said Busch had pushed her and she hit her head, but not that Busch had slammed her head into the wall. Sniffen said Driscoll was upset but not afraid. In the weeks that followed, however, Driscoll went “from a broken heart looking for love and reconciliation to anger and a little bit of revenge,” he said, telling Sniffen, “I will destroy him.”

The Delaware Attorney General’s Office is currently investigating the assault, but no charges have been filed.