Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's custody drama
isn't slowing down anytime soon.
The 39-year-old singer has lost temporary custody of the pair's 6-year-old son, Julian, and has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from his son, Patton, and her mother, Joyce Patton, according to court documents obtained by ET.
A Los Angeles judge issued a temporary domestic violence restraining order at Patton’s request, granting her full legal and physical custody of Julian. Thicke will still be allowed three monitored visitations a week.
According to court documents, Patton accuses the singer of drug use, cheating on her and being physically violent toward her. “Robin hit me with a closed fist to my upper body and then pushed me onto the ground,” she claims in her declaration of one of the couple’s fights in 2013.
Thicke's lawyer calls Patton’s accusations “nothing more than a retaliatory move” against Thicke due to the singer preparing to seek sole custody of Julian. He also accuses Patton keeping Julian away from his father and “manipulating and coercing” their son into being “afraid” of Thicke.
Thicke's lawyer also says the singer will be cleared of recent abuse allegation
s. “[Department of Child and Family Services] intends to close the physical abuse allegation against [Thicke] by deeming it ‘unfounded.’ DCFS has added an emotional abuse allegation against [Patton] which is still under investigation," Thicke’s lawyer writes in a response to Patton’s filing.
DCFS does not comment on open investigations. “We have very strict confidentiality laws that don’t allow us to confirm or deny the subjects of our investigation,” Amara Suarez, Public Information Officer at the Los Angeles County DCFS, tells ET.
Reps for Patton and Thicke have no comment.
An investigation was launched by DCFS into Thicke after Julian told school officials earlier this month that his dad had been spanking him. Patton requested an emergency hearing
to restrict Thicke's access to their son on Jan. 12, claiming she was concerned about "the forms of punishment he is using to discipline Julian," and alleging that Thicke has been spanking Julian excessively. A judge denied that request.
Thicke noted in court documents at the time that he used “light spanking” on a “very rare occasion, and only as a last resort,” and he believed that Patton held "residual anger" toward him because she wasn't invited to his father's funeral in December.
The temporary restraining order will remain in place until the next hearing on Feb. 24, where a judge will decide whether to issue a permanent restraining order.
According to Phillip Holloway with Holloway Law Group
, who is not representing either party involved, Patton will need to provide more proof of any alleged abuse. “She will have to prove by the preponderance of the evidence that there is some danger of imminent harm and there is a very real threat if the judge does not grant this order permanently,” Holloway says. “If it’s a swearing contest between he said she said, that’s probably not enough to grant the permanent order.”
See more on the custody battle in the video below.
Additional reporting by Rande Iaboni and Tracie De La Rosa.