The 69-year-old actor has been accused of being an abusive alcoholic with "severe anger management issues", and is also said to have given his three young children with Shriver alcohol and threatened to kill her. Shriver was given temporary custody of the three children and a temporary restraining order was imposed on Lazenby.
Lazenby is now hoping that the statement his daughter, a dance instructor in Perth, Australia, has written will be able to convince the court to grant him joint equal custody and a lifting of the restraining order. "I believe the children would be amazingly fortunate to have my dad as their father as he can pass on to them a sense of who they are that will empower them," the Telegraph quoted Jennifer as saying in a statement revealed by his spokesman and friend Michael Sands.
"What child can''t benefit from a loving caring parent that continuously shows them pride in every thing he does and says. You can see it in his eyes it''s coming from his heart and soul. Neither parent is perfect but they are both good caring people that love their children. My siblings need both their parents equally, they don''t need any more exaggerations and name calling, they do however need to be able to grow up respecting both parents and their good names," she added.
Jennifer had been born after a liaison between Lazenby, then a 21-year-old car salesman, and Maureen Powell, an Australian Army sergeant and PE instructor at an officer training school, Mr Sands said. Both the actor and the former professional tennis player are due back in court on October 15.