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RAYMOND vs. RAYMOND: Inside The Courtroom Custody Battle, Round 2… [UPDATED]

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Tameka & Usher Raymond are back in court today for their emergency emergency custody hearing over their two young sons. Pics and deets from inside the courtroom inside… *We will be updating this post with developments as they come*

Tameka Raymond is fighting to gain custody of her and Usher’s two sons, Naviyd & Usher V.

Cinco almost drowned in Usher’s home swimming pool this week, and Tameka claims the singer is to blame for the near-fatal accident because the five-year-old wasn’t being properly supervised.

The two are battling it out in the Superior Court of Fulton County this afternoon.  And we’ve got the pics from inside the courtroom and their courtroom fresh arrivals:

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Usher has already submitted denials of all accusations made by Tameka in her filing for an emergency custody hearing.  She claimed Usher’s only physically present for the kids 85% of each month, he has incapable people supervising the children, and more.  Usher denied all of this and simply said Tameka is not capable of caring for the children.

Stay tuned for any developments in the case…

UPDATES

- Tameka Raymond took the stand and stated that last night, Usher V’s heart almost stopped. She claims she sent several texts to Usher and he never responded or showed up.

Usher has just taken the stand.  He is explaining why he waited several hours to call Tameka.  He waited until after he & Usher V rode in the ambulance and arrived at the hospital.

- Usher explained how he received the call about Usher V’s incident, "I received a call from Grace Miguel, my manager [and his girlfriend]."  He then explained that actually, the first call came from his Aunt Rena.  But then the call with more clarification on what happened came from Grace Miguel.   He says he didn’t actually speak to Aunt Rena — which is confusing — and he doesn’t know if Grace was at his home at the time of the accident.  But Grace was there once he arrived minutes later….

- Usher says he’s renting the home where the incident took place.  He said he has previously informed the kids on pool safety: Not to jump in a pool unless an adult is around and not to run around the pool.

-Tameka’s lawyer in final arguments says that this constitutues an "emergency" custody situation because of Usher’s lack of communication and lack of supervision of the kids.  The lawyer also mentioned a history of bad parenting, accusing Usher of having a gun laying the house for 3 days, certain supervisors no being able to life 50 pounds (weight of the kids) due to disabilities,

-The judge dismissed Tameka’s request for custody, but told Usher he needs to communicate more with Tameka about his travel, work plans.  Usher hugged Tameka afterwards.   But they literally ignored each other’s presence when they arrived and sat in courtroom alone.

 

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Tameka Loses Emergency Custody Battle, Usher Maintains FULL Custody Of Sons

The emergency custody hearing is now over.  And Usher has maintained custody of his and Tameka‘s two sons Naviyd & Usher V.  See how Usher attempted to comfort her afterwards below…

Judge Goger in Fulton County Superior Court just dismissed Tameka Raymond’s request to regain custody of the ex-couple’s sons during this emergency hearing. 

Tameka’s lawyer argues that Usher does not effectively communicate his travel plans, leading her to not know who is watching over her kids.  The judge said the lack of communication Usher has with Tameka does not constitute an "emergency," and an "emergency" is required in this hearing.

During the hearing, Tameka broke down in tears and was extremely upset about the incident that happened. Through tears she sobbed when speaking about their youngest son Naviyd, who cannot swim, jumping into 8 feet of water to try to save his brother. Here’s video:

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And when all was said and done, Usher went over to Tameka’s table to offer up a hug and said "Sorry."  This was suspect since both Usher & Tameka ignored each other totally upon first arriving to court and sitting directly across from each other before the hearing began.  Was this done for the cameras?

Video is below:

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So everything will remain status quo. Usher will maintain full custody and Tameka will have visitation.

We have the breakdown of testimonies HERE.

 

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TAMEKA SPEAKS: Vows To Try For Custody Again In A Few Weeks, Calls Usher’s Hug A Media Ploy


 

Today’s emergency custody hearing between Tameka & Usher Raymond ended in Usher’s favor.  But Tameka had some words after her request for custody was dismissed.  Check out what she said inside….

 

Today’s hearing was about Tameka asking to temporarily have custody of the kids until a full hearing occurs (August 27th).  At the full hearing, she will ask to modify how much time she gets with the kids and custody decisions will be made.

When asked by HLN’s Ryan Smith how she felt about the outcome, Tameka said:

"I just want to get back to where my son is. I’ll be back in court on the 27th. And we’ll revisit all of this. It was only a very small amount of evidence that was allowed because this was an emergency and we were trying to get something changed immediately. But for the long term, I’ll see on the 27th."

And about how Cinco’s doing:

"He’s doing OK. Getting back to normal. Soon I’ll be with him."

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But it’s that hug that Usher walked over to her table to give, once the judge ruled that Usher would keep full custody, that folks were wondering about.  When asked what Usher whispered to her, Tameka laughed and said:

"That was a media ploy…."

Womp.  Her lawyer cut her off saying, "It was private".
 

 

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AFTERMATH: Tameka Raymond Files For Emergency Custody Of Kids, Says “They’re IN DANGER” + Terrence Howard’s Ex Shows Picture Proof Of The Black Eye She Says Terrence Gave Her

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Tameka Raymond wasted no time in taking action in response to the most recent scare involving one of her & Usher‘s sons.  Check out why she filed for custody, plus Michelle Ghent‘s new picture proof showing bruises she claims came from Terrence Howard punching her….

After losing her son Kile just a year ago in a water related accident (a jet ski & tube freak accident), Tameka feels her two youngest sons’ lives are now in danger after Usher V (pictured above) ended up in ICU after a pool accident at Usher’s house.

Usher has primary full custody of the couple’s two boys, Usher V and Naviyd, which he won after the divorce settlement and after Kile’s death.

Now, Tameka is looking to reverse that after Cinco got his arm caught in the pool drain and had to be helped to breath again via CPR done by AV workers who were inside the house.  Today, Usher & Tameka were by Cinco’s side in ICU and the doctors say he will be OK.  But Mama Tameka doesn’t feel comfortable releasing the boys back into Usher’s custody as the incident happened at the pool at his home.  Especially because she has beef with Usher’s aunt who was supposed to be watching the boys.

TMZ reports:

Usher’s ex-wife has just filed legal docs asking for an emergency hearing later this week … to wrestle child custody away from him, on grounds he’s creating a dangerous environment … TMZ has learned.

Tameka Raymond filed the docs in Fulton County, Georgia, claiming Usher is abdicating his parental responsibilities by letting other people care for their 2 kids — people who she claims are not on the ball.

Can’t say we really blame her for filing these docs.  The aunt in question is also the person Tameka previously accused of letting a stalker into the house while Usher & Tameka were married.

 

 

 

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And if you were wondering if Terrence Howard’s ex wife was going to show some receipts with her story of allegedly getting beat down during a family vacay to Costa Rica with Terrence & his kids recently, she did.

TMZ obtained pics of Michelle Ghent showing her black eye and bruised arm that she claims all came at the fists of The Butler actor Terrence Howard.

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Michelle did receive her temporary restraining order she filed for Tuesday in court, and she maintains Terrence threatened her with a knife and physically abused her during an argument.
 

The site reports:
 

Michelle Ghent alleges the brutality occurred during a trip last week to Costa Rica. She says the fight started after she told Terrence she had no interest in firing up a relationship with him — they divorced in May.

Michelle says after Terrence hit her, he glared at her and walked over to a bedside table where he kept 2 curved knives — 4-6 inches in length.

Michelle says she panicked and then pepper sprayed him. At that point she claims Terrence knocked her down and then kicked her repeatedly in the head.

In addition to the black eye, Michelle says she suffered contusions and swelling.

And, she says, he referred to a prior warning he had given her on a trip to Bora Bora — threatening to kill her.
 

Well this explains where the pepper spray comes into play that Terrence says Michelle attacked him with FIRST.  he also maintains he never touched her.  But based on these images, someone did.  Michelle says it was Terrence and he sucker punched her dead in the face, grabbed her up by the arm and caused contusions and swelling after he also threw her up against a wall.

Sad situation.

 

Photos: TMZ/Tameka’s IG

 

MAGAZINE FAB: Dwyane Wade Speaks To JET About His Custody Battle & Relationship With Ex-Wife Siovaughn

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In the latest issue of JET, Miami Heat baller Dwyane Wade opens up about raising his sons and tells how his drama-filled custody battle put a strain on his co-parenting relationship with ex-wfe Siohvaughn Funches.  We can only imagine.  See the highlights inside:

 

After penning a successful memoir on parenting, A FATHER FIRST: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball, and starring in DOVE’s "Men+Care" Fatherhood Campaign, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade opened up to JET Magazine this week about the life experiences that shaped his parenting.  And his cover shot looks damn good.

From his prolonged custody battle, to his mom’s addiction to heroin and alcohol, the gold-medal winning athlete gets candid about his role as a full-time dad.  Here are the highlights:

Wade on his reason for pushing through the difficult custody battle:
“I didn’t set out to get full custody but I wasn’t able to see my kids the way I wanted and I’m not a parent who’s going to run away from his responsibilities. I was probably a terrible husband, but I pride myself on being a good dad.”

Wade on his rocky relationship with estranged ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches:
“It’s been six years and hopefully one day she and I can get to the point where it’s a lot easier than it is now to co-parent.”

Mom Jolinda Wade on how Dwyane’s dad impacted his fathering:
"Dwyane came up not having a father around, so he didn’t think he was missing anything. But having his father take over the key role in parenting was very impactful. That was the first view he got as a young man to see what to do and what not to do.”

Dwyane on his fathering skills of his two sons Zaire, 11, and Zion, 5 and nephew Dahveon Morris, 11 (who he has legal guardianship of):

“I’m the kind of parent who asks my kids questions like what would be your ideal thing to do in the summer? This year it’s Disney World,” explains Wade, the proud father of two boys. Even though I make the final decision, I want them to feel involved. Not only in vacations but other things as well.”

 

Elsewhere in the issue, JET talks to rapper Eve about her long-awaited Lip Lock album and romance to UK millionaire Maximillion Cooper. Also, T.I. and Marvin Sapp discuss raising their sons in a special Father’s Day story.

Dwyane Wade’s issue of JET Magazine hit the stands on May 20.

Taye Diggs Does “GOT MILK” Ad With Son Walker + Custody Battle BETWEEN Deion & Pilar Sanders GETS NASTY With Steroid Abuse ALLEGATIONS

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Taye Diggs recently unveiled the "Got Milk" ad her shot with his adorable son Walker. See the ad inside and get the latest on the nasty custody battle between Deion and Pilar Sanders.

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Earlier in the week, Taye Diggs attended the unveiling of the new Milk Mustache "got milk" ad campaign at Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood, CA.  The unveiling showcased an adorable ad he shot with his 3-year-old son Walker as a part of Kellogg’s efforts to show the role milk’s protein plays at their breakfast table.

Also, the ad highlights the company’s efforts to share breakfast with children in need through the Share Breakfast program.  Taye spoke about the joy of shooting the ad with People saying, “Being able to shoot the Got Milk? ad with my son was one of the better times in life just because, obviously, the ad is going to last forever.”

But shooting the ad with little Walker wasn’t easy as Taye has to get "creative" in order to keep Walker’s attention.  “We had to constantly make up games and excuses just to keep him occupied So when it seems like he’s smiling, he’s actually roaring because he wanted to be a tiger.

Watch Taye discuss the ad and fighting childhood hunger here:

 

 

And in less kid-friendly news….

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Things have gotten VERY nasty in the custody battle between Deion Sanders and estranged wife Pilar Sanders.  In fact, Deion stormed out of court earlier today after Pilar accused him of abusing steroids.  The tension was so high that the judge dismissed the jury so the lawyers could continue to argue the relevance of such an allegation (without causing prejudice with the jury).

During recess, Deion took to Twttier to deny any type of substance abuse saying, 

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And if steroid allegations weren’t enough, NBC reports both sides have accused the other of cheating during the marriage and have used witnesses to question one another’s character.  And in an interesting twist, Pilar’s lawyer called Deion’s NEW girlfriend Tracey Edmonds to the stand.  Of course Tracey was NOT there (even though she had been subpoenaed).  THAT would that have been a made-for-tv-moment though…

According to the Dallas Morning News, Pilar spent most of the day crying on the stand and has made allegations that Deion threatened her and is trying to detroy her career.  Also, she tried to build a case for why she should have full-custody.

From the looks of it, the battle will be raging for days to come.  We’ll keep you posted.  

 

The Randomness:

1.  Elizabeth Hasslebeck gets booted from "The View", joins fellow co-host Joy Behar who also announced that she’s leaving.  Story.

 

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Clippers Baller Lamar Odom FALLS ASLEEP During Custody Battle With “Starter Wives Confidential” Star Liza Morales

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Lamar Odom, who’s currently battling "Starter Wives Confidential" star Liza Morales for custody of their two kids, fell asleep in court today.  Get more deets on the court battle that put Lamar out for the count inside…

 

Last night, LA Clippers star Lamar Odom headed to Catch in NYC where he and Khloe Kardashian dined. But it’s today’s business that had him out of it.  The baller was in NYC to tend to his ongoing custody battle (pictured above leaving court today) with now former "Starter Wives Confidential" star Liza Morales over their two children.  A large part of thehttp://www.tmz.com/2013/03/05/lamar-odom-fighting-baby-mama-custody-cour… Visit the TMZ Store: http://tmzstore.com”> battle focuses on child support and visitation, and whether the kids are allowed to appear on their reality TV shows. Though "Starter Wives" was cancelled, the kids could potentially appear on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."

And since Liza and Lamar are no longer on speaking terms, most of the fighting was done by their lawyers behind closed doors.  But while the lawyers were fighting, Lamar couldn’t find the strength to stay awake.  The NY Post says the 6 foot 10 baller had stretched out on a courthouse bench and fell asleep, only to be awakened by a Manhattan courthouse officer wo demanded him to sit up–likely checking to make sure he wasn’t a well dressed homeless man or something.  His sleepy time was blamed on "jet lag."

Although Liza isn’t speaking to Lamar, she is speaking to the rest of the world as she published an open letter in The Daily Beast where she detialed their relationship and the heartache she felt when he married Khloe.  Here’s a snippet, 

"I don’t think I’ll forget the tight knot I felt in the pit of my stomach the morning I received the text message with three simple words on the screen. It read ‘I’m getting married’ and it was from the man I’d spent more than 10 years of my life with.

“Years that included us getting engaged in 2000 and becoming parents to one daughter and two sons. Yet not long after our separation Lamar Odom was getting married to Khloe Kardashian, a woman he’d met four weeks before.”

“How could the man who’d constantly given me reason after reason for why we couldn’t get married just yet now be ready to tie the knot so quickly? There aren’t words to explain how I felt that day.”

Read the full letter here.

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SIDEBAR: Another Kardashian husband, Kris Humphries, also dined at Catch last night (Lamar pictured above leaving), but he didn’t cross paths with Khloe and Lamar.  If they had seen each other, Lamar told TMZ he would have said "What’s Up."  How cordial.

 

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Pilar Sanders LOSES Custody Of TWO Sons, Child Support Payments SLASHED

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Pilar Sanders has lost custody of her two sons and had her child support payments slashed in half as she continues her divorce/custody battle with former NFL great Deion Sanders.  Get the deets inside…..

The end of the year hasn’t been looking great for Pilar Sanders, the estranged wife of Deion Sanders.  On Wednesday, she lost temporary custody of her two sons and had her child support slashed from $ 10,500 to $ 5,500 a month, according to Page Six.  Though Pilar retains custody of the couple’s daughter (Deion has visitation rights) it’s another crushing blow to her.  

Devastated about the decision, Pilar said, “I am sad that Deion has been able to keep my boys away from me since Oct. 26 — no Halloween, no Thanksgiving — and now he is threatening to keep them away from me for Christmas. . . . He is using our innocent children as a pawn in this ugly, ugly divorce.”

Her publicist, Kali Bowyer, said, “Pilar has become a victim of Deion’s celebrity status, which has swayed the courts and blinded justice . . . It has become evident at this point that there is an absolute prejudice against Pilar, and this has become a completely one-sided court circus.”

The way the case is playing out seems pretty similar to that of Usher vs. Tameka Raymond and does make one question whether celebrity status plays a role in how cases are decided.  We see this didn’t end well for Tameka and Pilar may be walking the same plank. 

So what’s her next move?  Pilar’s attorney is trying to have the couple’s 13-year marriage annulled and have all their assets declared community property. They’ll meet back in court to fight over custody on January 9, 2013.  Good luck on that annulment.

Pilar Sanders LOSES Custody Of TWO Sons, Child Support Payments SLASHED

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Pilar Sanders has lost custody of her two sons and had her child support payments slashed in half as she continues her divorce/custody battle with former NFL great Deion Sanders.  Get the deets inside…..

The end of the year hasn’t been looking great for Pilar Sanders, the estranged wife of Deion Sanders.  On Wednesday, she lost temporary custody of her two sons and had her child support slashed from $ 10,500 to $ 5,500 a month, according to Page Six.  Though Pilar retains custody of the couple’s daughter (Deion has visitation rights) it’s another crushing blow to her.  

Devastated about the decision, Pilar said, “I am sad that Deion has been able to keep my boys away from me since Oct. 26 — no Halloween, no Thanksgiving — and now he is threatening to keep them away from me for Christmas. . . . He is using our innocent children as a pawn in this ugly, ugly divorce.”

Her publicist, Kali Bowyer, said, “Pilar has become a victim of Deion’s celebrity status, which has swayed the courts and blinded justice . . . It has become evident at this point that there is an absolute prejudice against Pilar, and this has become a completely one-sided court circus.”

The way the case is playing out seems pretty similar to that of Usher vs. Tameka Raymond and does make one question whether celebrity status plays a role in how cases are decided.  We see this didn’t end well for Tameka and Pilar may be walking the same plank. 

So what’s her next move?  Pilar’s attorney is trying to have the couple’s 13-year marriage annulled and have all their assets declared community property. They’ll meet back in court to fight over custody on January 9, 2013.  Good luck on that annulment.

Royce Reed BITES BACK At HATERS, Says CUSTODY BATTLE Is About The BEST For Braylon

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Royce Reed has taken to Twitter to respond to people with negative talk about her decision to ask a judge to make Dwight Howard pay her legal bills.  Find out what she said inside….

We told you previously that Royce Reed wants a judge to make Dwight Howard pay for her portion of their custody battle….and some people felt some kind of way about that.  So with folks bashing Royce on Twitter and across the blogs, she responded with a tweet and post saying,

"We will never struggle… Period! Braylon will always have the best! That’s what I fight for!"

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While Royce is saying she needs money to fight for what’s best for her son Braylon, it seems that most folks are jumping on the "gold-digger" bandwagon when this is not about getting more child support (at least not this part).  Royce is fighting tooth and nail for full custody….because Dwight has filed for full custody for himself.  And no mother wants her child taken from her.

And we see that Usher and his money allowed him to get full custody in his battle with Tameka Raymond…so Royce does have reason to be concerned. 

We’ll keep you posted on the judge’s decision…..