Schelske and Evans in 2005
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Country singer Sara Evans and her estranged husband, Craig Schelske, traded embarrassing accusations this week in separate court filings in their long-simmering divorce case.
Schelske, whom Evans had accused of adultery
and inappropriate conduct, filed papers Sept. 4, asking Evans to admit to having affairs with nearly a dozen other men – including Kenny Chesney, Richard Marx, her former Dancing with the Stars
partner Tony Dovolani and members of the rock group 3 Doors Down.
Lawyers for Evans fired back in papers filed in Williamson County Court on Sept. 11, saying: "In a communication to Wife on August 23, 2007, Husband states to Wife: 'I don't care about the interrogatories [sic] coming out and about you having to answer them. 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.' "
In his filing, Schelske asks Evans to detail "romantic communication between you and Chesney. Include in your answer whether he sent flowers; expressed emotions of love and/or physical attraction; and whether the two of you communicated by cell phone or calls to your home, all unknown to your husband continuing to present."
Citing a gag order in the case, Evans's publicist and lawyer declined comment, but a spokesman for Chesney terms the allegation "ridiculous."
Evans, 36, filed for divorce
in October 2006, alleging that Schelske, 44, had an affair with their children's nanny and that he threatened Evans repeatedly. He has denied the charges.
The couple married in 1993 and have three children, ranging in age from 2 to 8.