NASCAR driver Kurt Busch investigated for domestic assault

Fri Nov 7, 2014 4:43pm EST
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By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) - Police in Dover, Delaware said on Friday they are investigating an allegation of domestic assault made against star NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, but his lawyer called the accusation a "complete fabrication."

Busch, 36, becomes the latest U.S. sports figure accused of domestic violence. He won the NASCAR championship in 2004 and has won 25 NASCAR races including one this year.

Police in Dover, the state capital, declined to give any details about the alleged incident or the accuser.

Busch's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said in a statement that Busch "expects to be vindicated when the entire truth of the situation comes to light."

"This allegation is a complete fabrication by a woman who has refused to accept the end of a relationship and Mr. Busch vehemently denies her allegations in every respect," Hardin said.

The Dover Police Department said in a statement that it "can confirm that an investigation is being conducted based on an allegation of domestic assault that is alleged to have occurred in the City of Dover involving Mr. Busch."

Police first learned of the allegations on Wednesday and "will not have any further comment on this matter in order to preserve the integrity of the case," the statement said.

NASCAR, which holds two major races a year in Dover, issued a statement saying it was aware of the investigation.   Continued...

Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch celebrates in victory lane after winning the first Gatorade Duel 150 NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying race for the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, February 17, 2011. REUTERS/Joe Skipper