According to TMZ, the singer and his ex-wife Paula Patton have been involved in a nasty custody battle over their 6-year-old son Julian for some time now. It has since escalated to a Child Services case over alleged physical abuse, in which Robin just scored a legal victory.
Julian reportedly told school officials at the beginning of the year his dad spanked him, more than once. The school reported the incident to the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services on January 3rd, and the Dept. opened an investigation. Following the incident, Paula reportedly began denying Robin access to their son, and filed an emergency order asking the family law judge to restrict Robin’s contact with Julian to monitored daytime visits only.
The actress even admitted in the legal docs that the day before Julian told the school, he told her that Robin spanked him “really hard.” He demonstrated and hit Paula on the back so hard she said, “Ow.” Julian then said it was actually worse than that. However, Robin legal’s team clapped back with a statement, saying, “On a very rare occasion and only as a last resort, I will use light spanking, but it is consistent with the law — open hand on the butt. This is the type of discipline to which Paula and I agreed during our marriage.”
Adding fuel to the fire, there’s also more allegations from a nanny who claims she has seen Robin smoke marijuana on several occasions in front of Julian. But the singer claims this is all about his decision to block Paula from attending his dad Alan’s funeral last month, saying, “Paula did not have a positive relationship with my father and often made negative comments to me about my father. As such, she was not welcome at his funeral.”
Sources connected to the case tell us there was a hearing Thursday morning and the judge denied Paula’s request to limit Robin’s joint custody and also a request for drug testing.
DCFS social workers have interviewed Julian twice and also interviewed Paula. Robin is being interviewed Thursday afternoon and the case is still ongoing.