Patricia Driscoll lashed out at former boyfriend Kurt Busch Wednesday, saying the former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion is in a fragile mental state mentally and is in need of psychiatric counseling.
Driscoll’s written statement came after Busch testified in Kent County (Del.) Family Court that he believes his former girlfriend is a trained assassin who has killed foreign drug lords using guns, knives and poison.
In testimony earlier this week, Busch said Driscoll once return to their El Paso hotel room wearing a trench coat over a night gown splattered with blood and other physical matter, and had previously shown him cell phone photos of bullet-ridden corpses she claimed to have killed.
Driscoll called Busch’s testimony “fiction,” saying his stories were taken from a motion picture screenplay she is writing.
"Over the past seven years I have worked on a movie script… about a female CIA operative and her work on classified missions for the U.S.,” wrote Driscoll. “Mr. Busch has seen and given commentary to me on the latest script (and) some of the stories he told on the stand are straight from the script. Mr. Busch's statements in court serve to confirm my belief that he needs professional counseling.”
Driscoll accuses Busch of choking her and slamming her head against the wall of his motorhome at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 26. Busch denies these allegations, saying he simply cupped her face in his hands while asking her to leave. He has characterized Driscoll as vindictive, unwilling to accept the end of their relationship and determined to destroy his racing career.
Driscoll denied those charges Wednesday, saying, “Since Day One, I have stood by my statements that my motive was not greed, but in fact concern for the man I loved.”
She also repeated an earlier assertion that Busch is an alcoholic who suffers from depression and other psychological issues.
"I have previously shared my concerns for Mr. Busch's mental state since the onset of this case, only to be dismissed by his legal team,” she wrote. “Perhaps now his family and those around him recognize his fragile state and will provide him the mental health care and support he needs.
“He clearly believes fiction is reality, and that's all the more reason he needs help.”
A ruling is expected on Driscoll’s request for a non-contract order against Busch within the next 2-3 weeks, after Commissioner David Jones reviews closing summations from both sides.
Busch could still face criminal charges, as the Delaware Attorney General reviews a report filed by the Dover Police Department.