EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Jesse James Regularly Used The ‘N’ Word Charges Former Step-Mom

May 27 2010, Published 6:50 a.m. ET

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Jesse James claimed in his interview with Nightline that he didn’t have a racist bone in his body, but his former step-mother told in an exclusive interview that Jesse frequently used the ‘N’ word while growing up.

Janina James Coan dropped that bombshell charge on Thursday as she refuted Jesse’s charges that his father Larry abused him during his childhood. She told that Jesse is a racist.

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“I heard him use the N word a bunch of times,” Coan told “I don’t know if I’d call Jesse a white supremacist or not but he’s definitely racist.

“He didn’t like Mexican people either. He always referred to them as wetbacks,” Coan continued. previously reported that James used derogatory terms about gay people. In an email obtained exclusively by, James called two former employees “f***ots”.


Since news broke of James’ infidelities in his marriage with Bullock, the baby they had planned on adopting together will now be adopted solely by Bullock. Baby Louis Bardo Bullock was adopted from New Orleans and is African American.

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Coan was involved with Jesse’s dad from the time that Jesse was six years old. They married when Jesse was in high school and later divorced.

She wanted it known that she was coming forward to defend Larry and was not taking money from any news organization because she was so upset about Jesse’s charges against his dad. She also questioned the motives of Jesse’s sister, who backed up Jesse’s story. Coan made it very clear that she was an eyewitness to the events she described.



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