Adam Markovitz
April 01, 2010 AT 09:35 AM EDT

A lawyer for Jesse James told CNN that James’ Nazi hat — which the TV personality can be seen wearing in a photo that has leaked online — was a gag gift from his Jewish godfather. He also said that James, who is embroiled in a tabloid scandal after allegedly cheating on wife Sandra Bullock, is not anti-semitic and once spent nearly a month living on a kibbutz in Israel.

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