Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's custody battle is spiraling: A judge on Thursday denied the actress' request for an emergency hearing Patton was seeking in hopes of limiting her ex's time with 6-year-old son Julian, reports ET Online. Spanking appears to be at the root of the request: Julian is said to have told adults at his school that Thicke spanked him more than once, which triggered an early January call to the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services. It's looking into the alleged physical abuse, reports Us Weekly. TMZ quotes Patton as writing in court filings that Julian confessed the alleged excessive spanking to her the day before he spoke with school officials. She asked him to demonstrate, and says that she called out "ow" as he hit her back, with her 6-year-old saying it was actually more painful than that.
E! News has Thicke's reply, per court documents: "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." He further alleges that Patton is going after him because she's dealing with "residual anger toward me" after he prohibited her and her family from attending dad Alan Thicke's December funeral due to unkind things he says she said to him about the elder Thicke. TMZ has some more accusations leveled against Thicke, including Patton's allegation that he showed up to Julian's kindergarten graduation—held at 8:30am on a June day in a Catholic church—drunk "and making inappropriate jokes." (Read more celebrity stories.)