Judge Grants Jesse James' Ex Phone Calls With Daughter

James' Ex-wife lost custody of her daughter when she was sent to federal prison

A porn star in a child custody battle with ex-husband Jesse James and his actress wife Sandra Bullock was granted daily phone calls with her 6-year-old daughter on Monday-- but not visits -- while doing time in a halfway house for violating parole in a tax evasion case.

Janine Lindemulder, who now goes by her new married name, Janine Aikman, lost custody of her daughter Sunny when she was sent to federal prison in October 2008 for tax evasion.

The child now lives with her father -- the West Coast Choppers founder who stars in his own series on Spike TV -- and Bullock, who was not in court for today's hearing.

Family law Commissioner Thomas Schulte refused to order James to bring his daughter at least once to the Portland, Ore., YMCA facility where Aikman is spending four months for violating her parole by marrying a convicted felon she met while staying in another halfway house.

He did, however, increase phone contact between mother and daughter from three days a week to daily calls.

Aikman claimed James had been denying her thrice-weekly court-ordered phone calls with their daughter.

But James told the commissioner that his ex-wife was granted the right to call her daughter on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., but often misses those times and sometimes demands to talk to the girl when she is in school.


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James also claimed Aikman has missed four out of the five last scheduled visits with their daughter, including a court-ordered Christmas sleepover she fought for and won in December.

"She texts at least twice and up to 20 times a day, demanding to talk to Sunny," especially in the days leading up to a court hearing, James said. "(But) sometimes she'll go a week at a time where she doesn't make a call."

James, who acknowledging that he has listened in on the calls, said he usually has to "counsel" his daughter afterward.

"Her mom has no filter on what she tells her about prison," he said. "There's a lot of conversation about prison or jail and things that I don't think a 6-year-old can comprehend or process."

Schulte said it was especially important to keep up phone access while Aikman serves the rest of her sentence, but it appeared Sunny was "well- bonded" with both parents and could survive the time away from her mother without harm.

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