Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images; Craig Sjodin/ABC Television Group © 2011 Disney Photo: Jesse Metcalfe and Courtney Robertson

Much has been made about Bachelor Season 16 contestant Courtney Robertson and her “two sides.” On the one hand, we observe the confident, mature and appealing femininity that has so captivated Bachelor Ben Flajnik. On the other, the aggressive, competitive, win-at-all-costs, red in tooth and claw behavior which turns the other girls against her. Is that second side real? Are the other girls just jealous and portraying her that way, or is Courtney really one of those specimens who are a lady with men and a tiger with women?

One man who isn’t buying into the “innocence illusion” is Hollywood actor Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives, Dallas). He’s been linked to Courtney romantically after photos surfaced of them together at the 2005 EMMY Awards, but an exclusive source close to Wetpaint Entertainment tells us it was the briefest and most-fleeting of relationships.

“He thought she was using him,” says a friend of Jesse’s. “Very quickly, it became clear, she’s only interested in getting famous.”

He went on to say that Jesse’s association with Courtney was so short lived (a few weeks at the most) that he’s “disgusted" it’s even being brought up, and that her behavior on The Bachelor “just proves what he thought about her all along.”

Jesse, who just celebrated his 33rd birthday, has been in a committed relationship with actress Cara Santana (CSI) for nearly two years. “She’s a really great girlfriend,” gushes our source, “and Jesse never gives any thought to Courtney or her claims about their dating.”

 The jury’s still out on the Courtney’s Bachelor behavior, but it seems like Jesse Matcalfe delivered his closing arguments long ago. Best of luck on Dallas, Jesse.

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