Details of Alleged Springsteen Affair Will Not Be Sealed

Details of the Boss' dancing in the dark may come to light.

The tawdry tidbits about rocker Bruce Springsteen's alleged affair with a married New Jersey housewife will not be sealed in court, a judge ruled yesterday. 

Ann Kelly, 44, is accused by her mortgage broker husband of having sex with Springsteen "at various times and places too numerous to mention," according to divorce papers filed in Monmouth County, N.J. last month.

The slender auburn-haired beauty appeared in court yesterday wearing a pantsuit with knee-high suede boots and a black overcoat and didn't look at her scorned husband, Arthur Kelly, once during the half-hour hearing at a courthouse in Toms River, N.J., the New York Post reported.

"There are going to be some very, very, very private details that will be disclosed," her lawyer, Noel Tonneman, told the Post. "It's the court's obligation to protect the children." 

Though Springsteen wasn't mentioned during the proceedings, Tonneman argued that the details of the case should remain sealed to protect the couple's two teenage children but Superior Court Judge Patricia Roe refused. 

"Family Court is not unique in presiding over cases that involve enormous, personal embarrassment," Roe said. "Openness is the norm not the exception." 

"Mere embarrassment or a desire to avoid the potential criticism doesn't suffice to make good cause," the judge said.

Springsteen, who is married to backup singer Patti Scalifa, has denied the affair and alluded to the accusation on his website.

"I hesitate to use this Web site for anything personal. ... However, due to the unfounded and ugly rumors that have appeared in the papers over the last few days, I feel it shouldn't pass without comment. Patti and I have been together for 18 years -- the best 18 years of my life. Our commitment to one another remains as strong as the day we were married." 

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