Sandra Bullock's estranged husband Jesse James is convinced his troubled childhood contributed to his bad behaviour as an adult - alleging his father beat him as a kid.
The Hollywood actress walked out on her partner earlier this year (10) after his infidelities were exposed in the press.
James has now told his side of the story in an interview with U.S. newswoman Vicki Mabrey, which aired on U.S. TV show Nightline on Tuesday (25May10).
The TV mechanic alleges he was the victim of childhood abuse, and fought back tears as he describes his turbulent relationship with his father.
He says, "My whole childhood I never had a chance to be a kid. I remember the clenched-teeth, strained-neck look on his face. He beat my a** pretty good a bunch of times. Football star, bike builder, Monster Garage TV star - all that stuff is a huge smokescreen so people won't see that I'm a scared, abused kid, a seven year old.
"I remember my dad laughed when I hit the ground and called me a dummy. It wasn't getting the s**t beat out of me... It was the in-between time, the fear of that happening again. I was a terrorised kid. It's really tough for me to think about now, because...(my daughter) Sunny's the age that I was…when my dad broke my arm."
James' father denied the abuse allegations in an email to America's ABC news.
The star also went on to talk about the emotional issues which led to him checking into rehab shortly after his split from Bullock, insisting he is not suffering from sex addiction.
He explains, "I don't think I have a sex addiction where I'm running around trying to have sex with everyone and I can't stop. I think I do things to sabotage myself, including having extramarital affairs, texting, over-working myself, injuring myself, doing stunts and stupid things. I do a lot of things in my life that I shouldn't be doing that aren't conducive to being a good husband. The affair is just one of them."