White Stripes singer's estranged wife takes out a restraining order


Jack White's estranged wife, Karen Elson, has reportedly sought and received a restraining order against the singer following a string of harassment allegations.

According to the Nashville City Paper, White was served the order on 22 July, and is now only allowed to communicate with Elson over email. The order read that Elson has "fears for her and the children's safety as a result of this harassment," and that White is barred from having "any contact with wife whatsoever except as it relates to parenting time with the parties' minor children."

The famous model and singer, who currently cares for the pair's two children, is said to have battled for months with White over parenting rights. Elson claims that the White Stripes founder is not fit to be a parent, despite his attempts to help raise the children.

According to Elson's application, White has a violent temper and sent harassing emails and texts. Elson complained to her attorney that in phone calls and emails White was allegedly "pressuring her about the settlement terms for divorce". White allegedly wrote in one email: "We're not getting lawyers involved to rip me off."

Elson claims that White berated her after she attended another unnamed musician's wedding who White claimed had "ripped off" his music. The 38-year-old musician also allegedly wanted Elson to contact their children's private school to remove their kids from a class in which another entertainer's child was present, who he said had "ripped off" his music.

The news comes two years after the couple threw a divorce party to celebrate the pair's mutually accepted breakup. Elson and White have a hearing on 29 August to discuss care of their children.

The model said in a statement: "This is a private matter. I thank you for respecting my family's privacy and will be making no further comment."

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