jesse james statement Jesse James' stepmom: Abuse charges are not true!Everyone wondered why Jesse James spent a month in rehab.

Did he need treatment for drugs, alcohol, sex or tattoo addiction or what?

Now we may know why he went: To find a publicly palatable excuse for his ongoing affairs.

Jesse told “Nightline” that childhood abuse at the hands of his angry father caused him to have low self-esteem and therefore, to cheat on Sandra Bullock with several strippers.

Which is fine except that his father and his stepmom say it’s simply not true.

Jesse says his month in rehab made him realize that  all his success covers the fact that inside he’s “a  scared, abused kid, a seven-year-old,” which is the age he says his dad broke his arm. James played the abuse card big time, saying his dad “beat my ass pretty good a bunch of times…I was always scared.”

]]>But his step mom, Janina James Coan, who was with Jesse’s dad since Jesse was 6, tells TMZ she was “appalled” by what Jesse said. Coan says that TMZ that Jesse had a variety of injuries — including broken bones — as a kid, because he was riding motocross. But she scoffs at Jesse’s abuse charges. “Larry was the most caring father, the kindest father who would do anything for anybody.  He loved Jesse to death and would brag about him all the time.” Coan says the tension between father and son began when Jesse was 16. Jesse ended up in juvenile hall after his dad turned him in for allegedly robbing a Fotomat. Jesse gave no explanation on “Nightline” for why he didn’t wear condoms during his ongoing multiple sexual affairs, thus protecting his wife from AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Was not wearing condoms due to low self-esteem or a lack of love and consideration for his wife? What do you think of Jesse James’ claims that child abuse caused him to cheat? The man is 45-years-old. Isn’ it time he took responsibility for his actions, good and bad? Follow Zap2it  on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest TV, movie and celebrity news Photo credits: Getty Images

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead