Sandra Bullock's husband seeks forgiveness

Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:19pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The husband of actress Sandra Bullock apologized on Thursday for causing her "pain and embarrassment beyond comprehension" after recent claims he cheated on her while she was filming her Oscar-winning role in "The Blind Side."

Jesse James, a custom motorcycle manufacturer and reality TV star who married Bullock five years ago, said he took full responsibility for his actions. But he stopped short of admitting to published allegations by a California tattoo model of a five-week affair.

Bullock, 45, who won her first Oscar last week, on Wednesday pulled out of the London premiere of "The Blind Side" citing "unforeseen personal reasons" after U.S. celebrity magazine In Touch Weekly published the model's story.

She joins a long line of actresses to have suffered the so-called "Oscar curse" of seeing their personal relationships unravel shortly after winning the movie industry's top honor.

British actress Kate Winslet, who won the Oscar last year for "The Reader", announced on Monday that she had separated from her film director husband Sam Mendes.

"It's because of my poor judgment that I deserve everything bad that is coming my way," James, 40, said in a statement first obtained by People magazine.

"This has caused my wife and kids pain and embarrassment beyond comprehension and I am extremely saddened to have brought this on them. I am truly very sorry for the grief I have caused them. I hope one day they can find it in their hearts to forgive me," he added.

James and Bullock were married in 2005, and he has three children from previous relationships.   Continued...