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Melissa Etheridge's Ex Explains Her Side Of The Cigarette Burning Incident

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Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels have been battling in court since their separation in 2010, and things are only heating up.

Most recently, Tammy has requested more money for child support, while Melissa has accused her of burning one of their children with a cigarette!

However, Tammy is speaking out about her side of the story and claims that her ex essentially made a big deal over nothing. In a recent interview, she explained:

"Miller was about three-years-old. He was inside, playing with my [then] girlfriend. And I was outside, thinking about cleaning the car, and so, I had opened the door of the car. He came up from around and behind me. I didn't even see him come up because the door was open … I felt so terrible. But it was the tiniest thing and Miller didn't care. He was like, "Whatever. Can I help clean the car?"

Accidents certainly do happen, but we can understand how ANY parent would be concerned if they found a cigarette burn on their child's arm. Regardless of the burn, we think Tammy should quit smoking around those kids because of dangerous second-hand smoke.

As far as her financial demands go, Tammy feels that she deserves more than $23K in child support a month because she "gave up the job that was $25,000 a week, not $23,000 a month." Essentially, her thought process is that if she would have continued her acting career, she could be making at least $100,000 a month.

She continued to assert that the amount of money she is receiving may ultimately be a gay rights issue, considering straight wives would be entitled to 50% of their husbands' income. While commenting on the issue, Tammy said this:

"It's the law. When we were together, there were a lot of things said and shared between us. And a lot of things were promised. I'm standing here saying: 'You wanted to fight for gay rights; you wanted everything to be fair. You wanted to stand up for all of us? Because now I'm an 'us,' the gays that wanted to have gay rights and equality and not look like dip s–ts.'"

She actually raises a VERY good point. If this world truly was an equal one, Tammy would be receiving half of Melissa's $178,000 monthly income, wouldn't she?

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