Jesse James Cleared to Move to Austin with Daughter

Jesse James is free to move to Austin, Texas, with his daughter Sunny.

After a bitter custody battle with Sunny's mother, porn star Janine Lindemulder,, that dragged on for months, James was awarded physical custody of their eight-year-old daughter on Tuesday, clearing the way for him to move to Austin, where he recently bought a home. The move will bring him closer to ex-wife Sandra Bullock, who has also has a home in Austin and helped raise Sunny in the past.

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Lindemulder, who won custody of Sunny over the summer, did not take the ruling lightly. "I'll move, I'll move!" she screamed after the judge made the ruling, according to TMZ.

Although the judge gave both parents joint legal custody, James was given physical custody. After the hearing in Orange County, Calif., Lindemulder told TMZ that she could not compete with James and Bullock the "nice things they provide."

Though the judge allowed her to have physical custody of Sunny until school starts in Texas, Lindemulder told TMZ she may let her daughter move there early. "Someday I will be her mother again," she said.

Lindemulder has been fighting to regain custody of Sunny ever since she gave it up to serve six months in prison for tax evasion. The star of more than 100 porn films told "Good Morning America" last November that her life was back on track.

But James, with the help of then-wife Bullock, fought to keep Sunny, saying Lindemulder's new husband, also a convicted felon, was unfit and accusing Lindemulder of leaving the child alone while she was "asleep from drug use."

With the custody battle behind him, nothing is stopping James from moving to Texas, where some believe he is making a play to win back Bullock.

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The custom bike builder just bought a $1.9 million estate in Austin, the same town where Bullock, 45, owns a home and the couple once lived together.

"He's like that boyfriend you can never get rid of," Popeater gossip columnist Rob Shuter told "Part of me admires his determinism. But when does it become a stalker? This is just a little bit creepy now. Following her around isn't going to win her back."

James, 41, has made no secret of his desire to win his ex-wife back after she split from him in April amid reports that he had multiple affairs.

Just over a month ago he told Vicki Mabrey of ABC News' "Nightline," "I still really love her and care about her."

In court documents filed earlier and obtained by TMZ, Lindemulder claimed that Jesse's reasons for wanting to move to Texas with Sunny -- "so his children could continue their relationship with Sandra Bullock" -- were "wholly unjustified."

Pointing to Bullock's move to Austin, Lindemulder said, "Certainly if that relationship were that important to Sandra, she would have stayed in California."

Since completing a month-long stint in rehab, James has been trying to rebuild his life and win back his wife.

A friend of his told People magazine in May that James does not believe his relationship with Bullock has "reached the final chapter."

"He is not giving up hope that Sandra will come back to her family," the friend said.

If James is hoping to write a new chapter in their relationship, it appears Bullock is ready to move on.

In June, at the MTV Movie Awards, Bullock stole the show when she locked lips with Scarlett Johansson.

"Now that we have done that," Bullock announced afterwards, "can we please go back to normal?"

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