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Sandra Bullock Fights Porn Star for Custody of Hubby's Kid

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ABC News: Here's a role for which Sandra Bullock probably never prepared: wrestling with her husband's porn star ex-wife, Janine Lindemulder, over custody of their 5-year-old daughter.

Sandra Bullok Child Custody Battle

Bullock, the perpetual girl-next-door actress famous for films including "The Proposal" and "Miss Congeniality" has been helping her husband, Jesse James, raise his daughter since January of this year while Lindemulder was in prison for tax evasion. Now out of jail, Lindenmulder faces a fierce custody battle against James, the tattooed biker and star of cable TV's "Monster Garage" and his megawatt Hollywood actress wife who has said she is now relishing her role as a stepmother.

In a letter to the judge at Lindemulder's sentencing, Bullock denies the assertion that her desire to gain custody of the girl is rooted in her inability to have children. "We realized that due to the instability in [the girl's] life, bringing another child into the world at this time would not be in [the girl's] best interest," she wrote.

Bullock further alleges concerns about the girl's safety, stating that the child was left alone during the day while Lindemulder was "asleep from drug use."

"I am aware that Janine has claimed many times that my desire to have [the girl], was because I could not have children of my own," Bullock says, adding, "that couldn't be farther from the truth."

"I myself have stopped working like I used to in order to be here with Jesse and the kids because we are on constant high alert," she writes, "never knowing what condition Janine will be in, and even more concerning, the condition [the girl] will be in."

"I know the term 'stepmother' carries many connotations, one of them being 'glorified babysitter,'" Bullock writes. "My commitment and responsiblity to [the girl] ... goes beyond that."

Jesse James also wrote to the judge, blasting his ex-wife's lack of responsibility in paying her taxes and her lifestyle.

"I believe that Janine should not be shown any leniency in her sentence," he wrote.

Bullock's Battle for Child an Unprecedented Move

It's an interesting battle for the couple to wage. Before marrying James, the actress, now 45, never expressed interest in being a mom, telling People magazine in 2005, "If I did have kids my entire life would shift. I would no longer act or be in magazines."

But now it seems fame and fortune aren't enough. In March, Bullock hinted in an interview with InStyle magazine that she regretted not having children."If I waited too long, it's because we were supposed to do other things," Bullock told the magazine. "If it is just too late? There are millions of children on this planet that I would be honored to call my own."

"She's been very frank about the fact that she chose her career rather than having children," said Albert Lee, Us Weekly magazine's deputy news editor. "She's talked about how her mother always taught her to choose career over family. In that respect, she was certainly successful. She's one of the few women who can earn an eight-figure salary per movie, especially at that age."

According to Parade magazine's latest issue and court documents related to the custody case, Bullock has become close to James' three children from previous marriages, particularly with his 5-year-old daughter who is at the center of the custody dispute. Bullock tells Parade that she can't image life without the little girl.

"The universe put this in our lap," Bullock said. "I seemed to have stepped in right when I needed to be there. I now know that anything sweet, really sweet, that I have was nothing that I planned. If you don't have kids and animals, you don't truly know what real life is about."

But Bullock's latest role as a stepmother embroiled in a custody fight with James' ex-wife has been anything but sweet.

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Anonymous November 3, 2009, 12:52 PM

I would so much rather have sandra as my mother than the other one.

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