Oh the things Mary Jo Eustace could have warned Tori Spelling about!
When Tori and Dean McDermott got together in 2005, he was married to Mary Jo. After blindsiding Mary Jo by declaring co-star Tori was his “soul mate,” she filed for sole physical custody of their young son, Jack. To go along with the petition, Mary Jo wrote a sworn legal declaration, outlining Dean’s battle with drugs and outbursts around their son.
In the documents, which were just revealed by Radar Online, Mary Jo said Dean confessed he was addicted to cocaine in March 1999. Jack was just five months old.
“Dean McDermott walked into the living room, threw a bag of cocaine on the table and said, ‘I have a cocaine problem,'” Mary Jo wrote. “[Dean] started crying uncontrollably and was shaking and said that he should go to the emergency room. I was able to calm Dean McDermott down. Dean McDermott told me he had used cocaine when he was in the house alone with Jack.”
Despite the revelation about drug use around their infant son, Mary Jo stuck by Dean and helped him get into a support group. She said this helped Dean get clean for a short period of time. However, when she returned from a trip with Jack in April 1999, Dean confessed he had thrown a drug-fueled party in their home.
“I was furious with Petitioner that he was jeopardizing our life in order to satisfy his immediate need for drug induced ‘highs,'” she said. “I was very concerned about Petitioner’s emotional instability and my primary concern was for the health and safety of our baby son and my concern about maintaining a stable life.”
Mary Jo didn’t mention Dean’s drug use in subsequent years, but made the case that he wasn’t a suitable physical guardian for their son because he frequently lost his temper and swore at Jack. She also said Dean used prescription anti-depressants — but neglected the actual prescription.
“As a result of my knowledge and experience in connection with Dean McDermott’s prior use of cocaine, alcohol and anti-depressants/prescription drug medication, I believe Dean McDermott is medicating himself without the supervision of a doctor and that this is one of the recent causes of his recent erratic behavior.”
Mary Jo and Dean were granted the divorce in March 2006. Dean wed Tori in May 2006. Dean recently revealed on True Tori he was using drugs and alcohol when he cheated on Tori in December 2013.