Jesse James’ stepmom denies abuse allegations

Jesse James’ former stepmother, Janina James Coan, told TMZ she was “appalled” by Jesse’s claims of child abuse during an interview with Nightline. Jesse said on the show: “My whole childhood I never had a chance to be a kid. I remember the clenched-teeth, strained-neck look on [my father’s] face. He beat my a*s pretty good a bunch of times.” Jesse claims his dad, Larry James, broke his arm when he was seven and says he’s still a “scared, abused kid, a seven-year-old.” However, Coan — who started dating Larry when Jesse was six and married him when Jesse was in high school, says Jesse had a number of injuries — including broken bones — because he was into motocross. Even though she and Larry since divorced, she has nothing but good things to say about him as a dad: “Larry was the most caring father, the kindest father who would do anything for anybody.  He loved Jesse to death and would brag about him all the time.” However, she revealed that when Jesse was 16, he and a friend robbed a Fotomat. Larry turned them in, which resulted in Jesse going to juvenile hall. She says that since then, the two haven’t gotten along. 

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  1. mandee • May 27, 2010 @ 1:01 PM

    just because SHE didnt personally witness the abuse, doesnt mean it didnt happen. im sure a victim of abuse would remember better than the stepmom who probably wasnt home 24/7 and in the same room as jesse and his dad at all times.

  2. Irony • May 27, 2010 @ 1:17 PM

    Please! Jesse is just trying to get sympathy. I don’t believe a word he says about this abuse! If Jesse’s dad was really abusing him do you think he would turn his own son in? No he’d just beat him black and blue. Afterwards theres no way he’d involve the police. Jesse is a proven lier and a cheat. Judge the man by his character.

  3. Katie • May 27, 2010 @ 2:18 PM

    I didn’t think this creep could sink lower in my eyes than he already was. He’s a cheater, an idiot, a neo-Nazi and now, he’s a whiner and someone who blames everyone else instead of himself. Be a man, Jesse. Take responsibilities for your own poor decisions. It’s about time.

  4. Lenny • May 27, 2010 @ 4:06 PM

    Exactly! “Be a MAN, Jesse”. Stop blaming the world for all your problems. Take a long hard look in the mirror if you want to see why you’re in the predicament you’re in. ASSHOLE! I hope that tattooed whore was worth it.

  5. melinda smith • May 27, 2010 @ 5:12 PM

    Our probems later on in life do stem from most childhood traumas.He has probably been through some councelling to be speaking out about it. But there does come a time where we have to work on our issues and move forward to live a more peaceful life.

  6. 7867897679864564 • May 27, 2010 @ 6:59 PM

    This is ridiculous, does anybody else notice that practically ALL stars are now claiming that they were at some point and in some way abused–usually by parents? And also FYI, it doesn’t help that phycologists are all going on about “Yes, your problems, I think, have come from your parents.” Okay, wtf! your parents have a large impact on you, they influence you, but they do NOT make your decisions FOR you when you’re an adult. YOU do that and you need to stop blaming everyone else for your stupid mistakes and problems.

  7. mandee • May 27, 2010 @ 10:01 PM

    i dont think he is using this as an excuse. he is simply trying to get people to understand that he is as screwed up as the next person. “ALL stars are now claiming that they were at some point and in some way abused” theres nothing proving they werent. the part you are missing is that there are billions of people on this earth, there are cases of abuse every second of every day. i would never claim someone wasnt abused when they said they were because the odds are, they were.

  8. Charles Darwin • May 27, 2010 @ 11:24 PM

    Do you douche-noozles recall attachment theory (there’s three), social referencing, or repressed emotional distress manifesting in outlets of questionable attention seeking behavior. Irony, your a blowhard idiot. Child abuse is not generational but a learned behavior passed on by daddy (or mommy) dearest. The problem is the parental figure tries to be a “bigger” parent in their screwed up mind than their father/mother by dominating their offspring physically just like they were. Now Jesse was emerging more famous than papa, the father cannot deal with being a “failure” to his dad/mom and now to himself for not limiting Jesse hence he tries disgracing his son with public humiliation. Judge the man by his character you say, if I judge you by your character (bag on someone through the safety of online anonymity to feel better about yourself, nice character) and intelligence (obviously you have IQ of an empty box of rubbers) than you are a misinformed, gossip monger with little impact who should be nicknamed douche-nuzzle. Jessie was abused, he suffers from insecure attachment syndrome and thank him for not beating the crap out of his children like the last 5 generations of James. I do not condone his cheating, he’s a weak pig with issues, who is not these days, but he loves his children enough to petition the courts to be part of their lives. Applaud that in your next blurb instead of jumping on the sensationalized male bashing bandwagon. Those in glass houses sucker.

  9. Jordon MacDonald • May 28, 2010 @ 3:51 AM

    Jesse, Jesus loves you. Repent of your sin,confess he is Lord and Savior raised from the dead and he will give you a home in Heaven. Let Christ set you free.

  10. Thibz • May 28, 2010 @ 5:55 AM

    This guy has got to shut up, he went from bad ass to p***y in like .5 seconds. Yes his cheating was wrong but suck it up and take proper responcibilty for you stupid actions. Anyone who cheats doesnt really love their partner. So go F* someone else and ease off the pain like you already did. No one cares if you were scarred like 30 years ago.

  11. Irony • May 28, 2010 @ 10:33 AM

    I’m the idiot Charles?

    “Now Jesse was emerging more famous than papa, the father cannot deal with being a failure to his dad/mom and now to himself for not limiting Jesse hence he tries disgracing his son with public humiliation.”

    Wow Charles your so delusional you just make stuff up!!
    How has his father tried to publicly humiliate Jesse? Jesse accused his dad of abuse. His dad has only responded that he doesn’t understand why Jesse would say that and that its not true. Jesse and his father haven’t had much of a relationship since Jesse was 16 after his father did the right thing and turned his criminal son in. There’s no evidence that his father tried to limit him (Other than trying to limit his criminal career… what a horrible father!)

    It’s quite obvious that this is a PR scam. Jesse is just trying to get sympathy from the public after he royaly screwed up! This is just another jack ass going “Hey its not my fault! Really! I was abused as a child! Everyone should forgive me and feel sorry for me!”

    And Charles it is great that Jesse appears to be a good father and wants to be in his children lives. But that doesn’t excuse his behavior.

    “Judge the man by his character you say, if I judge you by your character (bag on someone through the safety of online anonymity to feel better about yourself, nice character)”

    So I guess you and I both have crappy characters huh? Thanks Charles!

  12. b stone • May 28, 2010 @ 12:11 PM

    who gives a shit if he was abused.it is the same oh shit everyone wants an excuse for there action. he knew what he was doing and it was wrong so deal with dumb ass.

  13. mandee • May 28, 2010 @ 3:56 PM

    to all of you that are running your fingers about jesse using this abuse as “an excuse for cheating on his wife” can any of you show me where in this article (or a page with quotes or whatever) jesse says he only cheated on sandra because he was abused? if you all took the time to actually READ the article, it doesnt even MENTION sandra. he isnt looking for sympathy or for an excuse as to why he cheated (or why he was abused) he was just simply stating that he WAS abused. you all need to stop your jesse bashing and saying hes only looking for an excuse, because he hasnt blamed anyone but himself for what he did to sandra.

  14. tributegirl • May 29, 2010 @ 3:00 PM

    I don’t think he’s using it as an “excuse” for cheating, but I do think he’s looking for sympathy points so people won’t hate him so much. If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be bringing this up NOW, or he would have brought it up long before his cheating scandal.

  15. Jo-Anne • May 30, 2010 @ 10:07 AM

    playing the sympathy card to the MAX….

  16. mandee • May 30, 2010 @ 7:39 PM

    i disagree. :S glad to have you ladies back.

  17. JAG • May 31, 2010 @ 10:26 AM

    Doubt very much that he was abused and even if his dad did get rough with him, he probabaly deserved it. Sounds like he has always been trouble even in his youth. Would hate to have to deal with a kid like that. he is just a dirtbag and a loser. too bad Sandra had such bad taste in men. He even looks like a creep. Hopefully she will next time.

  18. mandee • June 1, 2010 @ 2:24 PM

    JAG, you think children that are troubled (or misguided) meaning BAD deserve to be beaten? if so, thats a disgusting way to think and i pray no one gives you a child.

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