Lawyer: Jesse James Is Moving to Austin

Lawyer: Jesse James Is Moving to Austin
Jesse James
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updated 06/18/2010 at 05:00 PM EDT

originally published 06/18/2010 04:15PM

Jesse James is gettin' out of Dodge.

Sandra Bullock's ex is packing up and moving to Austin, Texas by the end of the month, his attorney said Friday.

"He intends to move at the end of the month, he's got a need to be there," his lawyer John Schilling told PEOPLE after an Orange County, Calif. court hearing in the custody dispute between James and ex-wife Janine Lindemulder over their daughter Sunny.

Asked if James is moving specifically to be near Bullock, who owns a home in Austin and often spends time there, Schilling replied, "I can't comment on that."



Schilling added that James – who put his Los Angeles area home up for sale last month – has legitimate business concerns in Austin. The motorcycle mogul owns a custom car business called Austin Speed Shop in the Texas town.

Lindemulder has protested that the move would take their daughter Sunny away from her. Asked how visitation could feasibly work with Lindemulder residing in Costa Mesa, Calif., Schilling said, "We're trying to work something out. There are some options, including having her move down as well."

Informed of Schilling's comments, Lindemulder told PEOPLE, "I'm willing to relocate anywhere to be with my daughter no matter what it takes," she said, despite her earlier protest. "Sunny's my heart, I'm not just going to let her go. I want Sunny to be around the people she loves, which includes Jesse, Sandra, her baby brother Louis and her other siblings."

Schilling came to court Friday seeking to halt Lindemulder's unmonitored visitation with Sunny, alleging that Lindemulder, a recovering addict, has been abusing prescription medication. However, a court appointed attorney representing Sunny told a judge that she made an unannounced visit to Lindemulder's home Thursday and found nothing suspicious.

Lindemulder has denied using drugs again, telling PEOPLE, "I'll take a urine test 20 times a day if I have to. Jesse has no right to withhold my daughter from me."

The judge denied the request to halt Lindemulder's unmonitored visits. The next hearing in the ongoing case is set for July 12.

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