Report: Jamie McCourt calls 911 because of Frank McCourt (UPDATED WITH DIVORCE FILING)
(5 p.m. UPDATE) Read Bill Shaikin's full story here.
According to TMZ, Jamie McCourt called 911 on Sept. 5 because she was allegedly afraid of Frank McCourt.
TMZ said Jamie was swimming at home when Frank unexpectedly appeared. She called 911, saying that she was frightened because of previous incidents in which Frank had allegedly lost his temper and scared her.
When police arrived, the officers interviewed both Jamie and the couple's housekeeper -- who told police she had heard Jamie scream.
Frank McCourt's lawyer just released the following statement on his behalf:
"The events described by TMZ occurred when the McCourts had already separated. Mr. McCourt was living alone at the residence in West Los Angeles and his wife was residing in Malibu. That morning, Mr. McCourt left the house and went jogging. When he returned home to the West Hollywood residence, he found his wife swimming in the pool and her personal "security assistant" Jeff Fuller, was also at the residence. The news of a 911 call came as a surprise to Mr. McCourt. He had no knowledge of any 911 call at the time; or of any visit by any police officers and any law enforcement has had no contact with him. As previously reported by TMZ, Mrs. McCourt and Mr. Fuller have been linked romantically. Any 911 call makes no sense at all unless there was an ulterior motive which you can be assured will be fully explored."
Update: Frank McCourt's lawyer says the 911 call his estranged wife made was phony.
Marshall Grossman, lawyer for the L.A. Dodgers owner, tells TMZ. "If that is her story then 'security chief' Jeff Fuller has a body double. This 911 call was phoney as any fair observer would realize. Clearly the police recognized its foolishness as no action was taken and Mr. McCourt was never even contacted."
Jamie McCourt's attorney tells TMZ, "I reiterate, the facts speak for themselves."
-- Houston Mitchell
Photo: Jamie and Frank McCourt watch the Dodgers play the San Diego Padres on Sept. 25, 2008. Credit: Carlos Delgado / Associated Press