Paula Patton: Robin Thicke Abused Me, Cheated on Me

Obtains temporary sole custody, temporary restraining order
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2017 10:07 AM CST
Robin Thicke, left, and Paula Patton arrive at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Things just got even uglier between ex-spouses Robin Thicke and Paula Patton. On Thursday Patton obtained temporary sole custody of the couple's 6-year-old son as well as a temporary domestic violence restraining order barring Thicke from access to her, their son, and her mother, E! reports. According to People, Thicke is still allowed supervised visitation with his son three times a week. Patton and Thicke were already embroiled in a custody dispute over the boy, Julian, during which Patton alleged Thicke spanked Julian excessively and painfully. In obtaining Thursday's court orders, Patton made further allegations against Thicke: She says he cheated on her and physically abused her. According to her declaration to the court, there were times when Thicke "kicked, pushed, and hit [her] with an open fist." The paperwork also alleges that Thicke admitted to drug and alcohol problems during the marriage, per People.

But Thicke's lawyer says all of this is just a response to the custody fight and Thicke's claim that Patton was violating their prior custody order by refusing him access to their son. "Paula never reported any domestic violence until she was in a position of contempt by violating the custody orders," the lawyer tells People. "She is attempting to throw anything at him to hurt him." The lawyer also says that she expects LA's Department of Children and Family Services to soon close the physical abuse investigation into Thicke as "unfounded," but says the department has added an emotional abuse allegation against Patton that will continue to be investigated. A source close to the investigation, however, refutes both of those claims, and a DCFS rep reached by People seems to deny that the department handles emotional abuse allegations. (Read more Robin Thicke stories.)

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