Jack White Responds to Restraining Order From Ex-Wife

White's lawyer filed a motion Friday to directly respond to Elson's claims.

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Jack White has responded to claims made by his ex-wife, Karen Elson, who was recently granted a restraining order against the rocker over allegations that he is a threat to both her and their two children.

Rolling Stone reports (via Hennemusic) White's lawyer filed a motion Friday in Davidson County Circuit Court in Nashville to directly respond to claims made by Elson, as well as her motion that he submit to a psychiatric exam.

Elson, who split with White in 2011, has alleged that he harassed her and is an unfit father for their two children. White's countermotion strongly objects to that characterization. "The reason for filing this response is that Mr. White does not want to be portrayed as something he is not, violent toward his wife and children," the countermotion reads.

The filing cites a series of emails from Elson to White in which she praises his parenting abilities. "You're an amazing father, I'm so glad we had these kids together," Elson wrote in an email to White dated May 19th, 2013. White's attorney, Cathy Speers Johnson, calls Elson's motion for a psychiatric exam "inflammatory ... disingenuous, fraudulent and retaliatory and simply designed to malign him in the public record or to gain an upper hand in this litigation."

In response to claims by Elson that she fears White, the countermotion states that Elson left their children in his care the day after signing her restraining order affidavit, while she took a 10-day "work/pleasure trip" to New York. The following day, she filed her motion requesting a psychiatric exam. "One who was truly fearful of another would not leave their children alone with that person for 10 days," White's response says. "The truth of the matter is that Ms. Elson is not fearful for herself or the parties' minor children."

White was served the restraining order on July 22; he is barred from having "any contact with wife whatsoever except as it relates to parenting time with the parties' minor children." White is only allowed to communicate with Elson over email.

The couple have a hearing on August 29 over the custody dispute.

After a successful tour behind his debut solo album, "Blunderbuss," White is working on new music for his next record.

The former White Stripe has been recording new material with the Buzzards and the Peacocks, his separate male and female bands, respectively.

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    Darth Wader
    On a separate note...with as many side project bands that Jack White does, how has he still not put out an album with Jack Black called "Black & White." It would be epic!!!
    Let us be honest here, whilst the album name would be cool and amusing. It is not something that will ever be likely to happen. I just can't see White wanting to team up with Black.
    Ladies and gentlemen...we'd like to present...The Grey Album.
    I know, right? Even as I clicked on the article, I was expecting to read something about Jack Black and Tenacious D. Only when I saw the pic of White, the realisation kicked in.
    Weird. "You're crazy, you're a bad parent and I don't want you anywhere near me or our kids..so, are you free for babysitting tomorrow?"
    Darth Wader
    That's because she don't know what love is, she just does what she's told!
    I can tell that we are gonna be friends
    Restraining order? Please. A seven-nation army couldn't hold him back.
    Aww, you were trying to cash in on the top comment from the article about the restraining order.
    I don't understand the number of men who ignore the old adage "Don't stick your dick in crazy."
    If the facts here are correct.....Elson is the one who needs to submit for a psychiatric evaluation.
    On a side note, I hate when the court says you can only talk to your spouse about the kids. This directly puts the kids at the center of every fight they will have. I know, it happened to my sister and me.
    Even though I'm a fan of Jack and all of his projects, I'm not gonna bother saying how I feel one way or the other because... 1: It's none of my business and 2: Not a lot of details have come out of this anyway. But it's sad all around, in a way. The poor kids stuck in the middle, for instance.
    This is the kind of garbage news you'd find on a sleazy website like TMZ. This has no place in the news. Shame on the media.
    "You're an amazing father, I'm so glad we had these kids together," Elson wrote in an email to White dated May 19th, 2013. Now just tell me who the **** writes that in a email?
    I love Jack White but could totally see him being a shitty father... no worries... it happens... I had a shitty father... Still a very talented artist!
    I've had similar experiences - IMO talking to someone should not usually be crime, especially if it's not hateful and not intended to be hurtful. I don't know a lot about the backstory though, if there as some domestic violence or is trying to hurt her in someway I retract that.
    In my experience I'd guess she's just another psycho ex. Poor White. I understand your ordeal.
    Jack's a pretty weird dude, but I couldn't see him being violent or an *****. Marrying someone clinically crazy, however, I could see him doing.