NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, who was accused of assault by ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, was ordered by a judge to stay away from her and not communicate with her.
The decision Monday by a family court judge in Delaware comes after four days of hearings in December and January that included conflicting testimony from Driscoll and Busch, a driver known as “The Outlaw.”
Driscoll stated in Kent County court that Busch grabbed her throat and slammed her head into a wall during an argument last fall. Busch has denied the assault allegations.
“This case is about domestic violence, and yes, the judge found evidence of that,” Driscoll’s attorney, Carolyn McNeice, said.
The court order, obtained by ABC News, states that Busch “shall be evaluated for mental health problems related to anger control and impulse control,” and that he must stay 100 yards from Driscoll, except at NASCAR events, where she often appears because of her work with a veterans group.
Busch also cannot buy or possess firearms under the judge’s order.
Busch’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, released a statement Monday after the ruling saying he was “deeply disappointed” and intends to appeal.
"It is important to note that the Commissioner's ruling is a civil family court matter and totally unconnected to any criminal investigation or finding. Regardless of the Commissioner's finding, we know that Kurt never committed an act of family violence," Hardin said in the statement.
Despite the judge’s ruling, Busch is still eligible to compete in Sunday’s Daytona 500.
During the trial, Busch, 37, alleged that Driscoll is out to ruin his career, and that she told him she’s a trained assassin. He submitted a never-aired reality show as evidence to support those allegations.
"There's a lot of sensitive things that I work on. Most of them you're never going to see," Driscoll said in a video clip.
Driscoll called the allegations ludicrous. She’s still pursuing criminal charges against Busch.
NASCAR, in a statement, said it will take no immediate action against Busch, but officials are waiting for more information from the court, as the written opinion and conclusions are expected in the coming days.
"NASCAR fully recognizes the serious nature of this specific situation and the broader issue of domestic violence," the NASCAR statement said. "We will continue to gather information and monitor this situation very closely, and we expect our members to conduct themselves properly."
ESPN and the Associated Press contributed to this report.