Paula Patton and Robin Thicke have been battling over the custody of their 6-year-old son. According to TMZ, Thicke asked the judge for an order giving him sole physical and legal custody over Julian, but it was denied. Patton has said that Thicke physically abused both her and Julian, multiple times. Julian has reportedly told both his mother and schoolteachers that Thicke has spanked him and hit him with a closed fist on occasion. In legal docs, Thicke admitted, “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.”
The couple’s nanny testified that Thicke has smoked weed in front of Julian, and showed up to his kindergarten graduation at 8:30 am drunk as a skunk.
Despite this testimony, the investigation into child abuse is being closed and determined “unfounded.” Patton has since come forward with accusations of domestic abuse against herself, and these have been given more weight.
TMZ reports that her request for a domestic violence restraining order is being considered because her accusations are supported by past documented actions by Thicke. In 2013, he threw her to the ground at Cannes Film Festival, and she says he threatened to “bash my f***ing head in." On another occasion, Thicke offered to watch Julian, but woke Patton in the middle of the night, screaming that he wanted to "f***ing sleep ... Who do you f***ing think you are not letting me sleep!" She has also accused him of having a cocaine problem.
The judge has issued a restraining order against Thicke to protect Patton, Julian, and Patton’s mother. A source told TMZ that Thicke is completely contemptuous of the decision, saying, "If these multi-year-old allegations were true, why is she only raising them now in the midst of a custody dispute where she's the only one violating the judge by denying Robin access to the boy?"
It’s possible Patton didn’t want to come forward about the abuse she suffered until she thought it was the only thing she could do to protect her son.
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