Lita Ford recently saw her two sons for the first time in nearly a decade -- and it didn't go well.
The solo artist and onetime Runaways guitarist opened up about the meeting and their estrangement in an interview on the Las Vegas web TV station WWDBTV's Veterans in Politics program.
Ford explained that she'd been denied visitation with her boys in her 2011 divorce from former Nitro singer Jim Gillette. For much of their 17-year marriage, Ford and her family lived on the Caribbean island of Turks and Caicos, though they moved to Florida in 2007. After the divorce, Gillette and the kids moved back to Turks and Caicos, and Ford claims she spent the next nine years trying to track them down. She finally located them in Tennessee last year.
She alleges that Gillette has brainwashed her sons -- James, 21 and Rocco, 17 -- against her. She says she was ordered by a court not to see them, because she wouldn't take prescribed medication. She says that at her brief meeting with them they falsely accused her of doing things to them she claims she didn't do.
Ford believes Gillette lied to her sons and to the court about her. She launched the Parental Alienation Awareness Facebook Page a few years ago and uses it to make her case and provide a space for others to do the same.
Gillette has denied Ford's allegations and has been backed up by James.