The Oscar Curse, $30k and a Girl Named McGee

Mar 19, 2010 • Hollywoody, Scandal!

We’re full of weird superstitions in this town, and the Oscars carry with them more than their fair share. On everyone’s lips right now is The Best Actress Curse. Celebritology’s Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly explain: “What’s the best actress curse? It’s the well-tread theory that when a woman wins an Academy Award for her stellar leading performance, that same woman should expect to split from her significant other sometime shortly after they return from the Vanity Fair after-party.”

The latest victim, as you have already heard, being proper TMZ culture vultures, is Sandra Bullock. Bullock, who recently won an Academy Award for her role in The Blind Side, moved out of her Southern California home following an exclusive in In Touch about her husband’s affair with camgirl and exotic dancer Michelle “Bombshell” McGee.

According to McGee, she believed James and Bullock were separated:

“I would never have hooked up with him if I thought he was a married man,” Michelle tells In Touch in an exclusive interview. “He gave me the impression they were separated.”

While Jesse was in Atlanta with Sandra when she started to film The Blind Side, Michelle sent West Coast Choppers a friend request because she hoped to snag a modeling gig there. She was surprised that it was actually Jesse who wrote back to her and told her to e-mail him at his personal e-mail.

From the start, Jesse wanted to meet Michelle, and it was never about business: “He started saying, ‘Do you want to hang out?’” So a week after he got in touch, Michelle drove two hours from her San Diego home to West Coast Choppers in LA.

“I got there around 9 at night,” remembers Michelle, who was starstruck at first. “I was like, ‘Holy s**t. It’s really Jesse James.’”

After taking Michelle on a tour of his garage, Jesse brought her into his office and locked the door.

“We ended up on the couch,” she says. “He wanted to watch movies, but I asked him, ‘What’s going on with you and Sandra?’ He said, ‘She doesn’t live here. She has a house in Austin. She is filming, and I can’t talk about it.’”

Assuming he and Sandra were separated, Michelle continued talking to Jesse, she says, and then, “We had intimate relations.” Michelle says she and Jesse had sex “two or three times,” that night — and began what she believed was a serious relationship, texting each other several times a day, and meeting up for sex at least twice a week for the next five weeks.

Mary Gusman, close friend of McGee’s told that McGee felt betrayed by James.

“Jesse James did kind of deceive her because she really honestly was under the impression that he and his wife were living in different houses,” Gusman said. “It’s really true that she believed him and his wife were going separate directions.”

According to Technorati, McGee collected close to $30,000 for her exclusive to In Touch.

As for James, he issued an ambiguous apology. According to a report from E! Online, the television star had the following to say:

“There is only one person to blame for this whole situation, and that is me. It’s because of my poor judgment that I deserve every bad thing that is coming my way. 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.”

James makes no mention of Michelle “Bombshell” McGee or any specific crimes against his family. And he’s not planning on doing so.

“The vast majority of the allegations reported are untrue and unfounded. Beyond that, I will not dignify these private matters with any further public comment.”

Photo from TMZ. Information from In Touch and other sources as referenced.