By John Clark
Dan Auerbach, the sleepy-eyed frontman for Black Keys, a Nashville-based rock band, has been accused of abusing his wife, Stephanie Gonis, in the latter’s divorce petition, according to a report from the Huffington Post.
Sources say the couple’s pending divorce dispute has featured shocking claims by both parties, as they fight to determine who will receive custody of their daughter, Sadie Little, who was born to the couple in 2008.
According to court documents, Auerbach first alleged that his estranged wife attempted to commit suicide two separate times in a single day. The first attempt allegedly occurred when Gonis cut her leg in front of her daughter, and the second attempt led to a fire that could have consumed their home.
Sources say, though, that it is unclear when these alleged suicide attempts took place, and Gonis disputes some of the claims.
Reports indicate that Gonis admitted to trying to commit suicide by cutting her leg, but she says that she was driven to self-harm by the abusive actions of her husband, who announced that he was seeking a divorce this February.
The alleged fire, however, was an accident, according to Gonis, reportedly admitted herself to a treatment center recently, according to reports.
The divorce law attorneys for both sides will likely have their hands full in the dispute between the Grammy-winning singer and his wife, although Auerbach may have the upper hand in the couple’s child custody dispute.
Sources say the guitarist and music producer currently has primary custody of the couple’s daughter, although Gonis is allowed to have supervised visits.
Oddly, the dispute between Auerbach and Gonis has been overshadowed in Nashville by the child custody battle between musician Jack White and his wife, Karen Elson.
Sources say Elson received a restraining order against White after alleging that he sent angry emails demanding that their children move to a different school.
Remarkably, White wanted his children removed from their school because he didn’t want them to be friends with Auerbach’s daughter. Sources say the two musicians have feuded for several years, with White frequently accusing the Black Keys frontman of stealing his sound and band theme.
In an email allegedly sent from White that was released by Elson, White expressed anger that Auerbach was given “free reign to follow me around and copy me and push himself into my world.”
White, however, contests the validity of Elson’s claims, denies ever threatening his wife, and further claims that Elson reneged on a promise to settle their divorce without mediation, according to reports.
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