August 19, 2008
FORMER 007 star George Lazenby yesterday hit back at estranged wife Pam Shriver, saying she has an addiction to alcohol and painkillers that puts their children at risk.
In court papers, the retired actor claimed Shriver hurled golf clubs at him in a rage and said she is incapable of looking after their three children without the help of a team of nannies.
In another alleged incident, Lazenby, 68, described how Shriver once drove their children to school despite appearing drowsy and "in a stupor" after consuming painkillers and vodka overnight.
He said the former Wimbledon doubles champion freely admitted she suffered from "memory blackouts".
Lazenby's allegations come two weeks after 46-year-old Shriver filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences".
Her court papers, later made public, showed a list of outrageous complaints against Lazenby, whom she called a "poor parent". She said he was an alcoholic who once offered beer to their infant children.
Shriver said she wanted sole custody of their children - two-year-old twin girls Katie and Sammy and daughter Georgie, four.
But Lazenby is seeking joint custody with his own astonishing claims against her. In papers submitted to Los Angeles Superior Court, he said: "I have great concerns about Petitioner's habitual consumption of prescription painkillers, Ambien sleeping pills and rum or vodka each night and during the day.
"When I expressed my grave concern to Petitioner about her combining Ambien with alcohol, she flew into a rage and attempted to justify her addiction by claiming she has debilitating migraines and shoulder pain.
"I have observed Petitioner wake up on many mornings in a stupor from her nightly cocktail. Petitioner is in no condition to drive in the morning. I have warned Petitioner on numerous occasions to refrain from transporting our children in the car when she is in such a state."
Lazenby went on to describe how Shriver allegedly left her car running when she arrived at a golf club. Parking attendants found the vehicle three hours later "spewing black smoke" which, he said, could have endangered lives.
"This is just one example of how the cocktail of drugs and alcohol affect Petitioner's ability to function," he said.
In another alleged incident, Lazenby said he was shocked by his wife's behaviour at a barbecue party at their Beverly Hills mansion.
He said Shriver went inside to bring him a jar of sauce, but "was in such a stupor that when she came out to hand me the sauce, she froze, did not remember where she was and who was around her, and was unable to even pronounce 'mint sauce'."
The bitter custody battle will now go before the court next Monday.