Exclusive: Former Nanny Says Sara Evans Suffered 'Breakdown'

ByABC News
October 18, 2006, 12:31 PM

Oct. 18, 2006 — -- The woman Sara Evans accuses of having sex with her husband says in an exclusive interview with ABC News Radio that the country star suffered "an exhaustion breakdown" -- and she's offering to take a lie detector test to set the record straight.

"She had had a hard time back in December," said Alison Clinton, who worked as the nanny of Evans' children for five years, and forged a close relationship with the multiplatinum recording artist.

"She kind of had an exhaustion breakdown, and then in January, we started a Bible study together," Clinton said. "She was trying to get back in gear and get more focused and grounded, but, you know, I didn't see this coming. This is all really a big shock."

The singer's music label, SONY BMG, declined to comment on the matter. Other press representatives did not return calls from ABCNEWS.com.

The 35-year-old star dropped out of "Dancing With the Stars" last week after filing divorce papers in which she alleged that her husband of nine years, 43-year-old Craig Schelske, had cheated on her, drank excessively, been verbally and emotionally abusive, and watched pornography in their home.

The singer also says that Schelske had at least 100 nude photographs of himself in a state of arousal on a home computer, and was having an affair with Clinton.

Schelske denies these accusations, and 28-year-old Clinton tells ABC News Radio that she has hired a lawyer to help clear her name, which she says has been sullied by her former friend.

"We have agreed to take a lie detector test to prove that I'm not lying," Clinton said.

Clinton denies any "inappropriate" relationship with Schelske and says she was taken by complete surprise by Evans' accusations.

"I'm totally confused," she said, "because the last time I talked with her, which was on Wednesday [Oct. 11], when she was in hair and makeup getting ready for the show ['Dancing With the Stars'], it was very much, 'I love you. I miss you. Please get out here.'"