Jesse James Says Childhood Abuse Led To Cheating (VIDEO)

Last night Sandra Bullock’s soon-to-be-ex-husband, Jesse James, appeared on Nightline to come clean about his cheating scandal, divorce from Sandra, and that infamous Nazi photo. Was he able to redeem his image? Hm, maybe, unless people see his reasoning behind his actions as empty excuses.

Jesse explained that the root cause for his cheating was his childhood abuse:

I grew up with a huge amount of shame and fear and abandonment on my shoulders from a very young age and I think, you know, the way my mind rationalized [cheating], ‘Well, you know, I might as well do whatever I can to like run her off cause she is going to find out what I am anyway and leave me anyway.

While that may sound like a big ol’ sympathy excuse, Jesse does take full blame for everything that had happened and said that he “basically never felt good enough for anyone.”

Jesse also admitted that he checked into rehab for sex addiction and anger management. While he said he went in “with a bit of an ego” he admits that he “cried more in rehab in the last 30 days than i have in my whole life.”

Jesse also said that he “doesn’t have a racist bone in his body” and that the picture of him doing the Nazi salute was meant to be a joke at the time, but that he can now look back and see how messed up it was.

Watch a video of Jesse talking about the adoption of Louis and his new relationship with Sandra below.