Singer Robin Thicke Temporarily Loses Custody of His Son With Paula Patton

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Less than two weeks after news broke that Robin Thicke was being investigated by the Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), an LA judge has granted his ex-wife Paula Patton's request for a temporary restraining order against Thicke. He's been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Patton, their 6-year-old son Julian (aside from supervised visits), and Patton's mom, Joyce Patton. The development occurred after Patton accused Thicke of domestic violence, People reports.


In Patton's declaration, included in the court documents obtained by People, Thicke's ex accuses the singer of physical and emotional abuse, infidelity, and drug and alcohol addiction. In her request for a restraining order, Patton states, "Robin had a temper and could be volatile at times," and then describes various chilling incidents of abuse that allegedly occurred before the couple finalized their divorce in 2015.

For instance, Patton states that while they were at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013, "we began fighting. Robin hit me with a closed fist to my upper body and then pushed me onto the ground." Patton also details infidelity (after being on tour in 2013, "he came home and told me that he had unprotected sex with seven other women," she notes in her declaration) and drug and alcohol use. 

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Patton expressed concern that their Julian's safety may be at risk. "Given Robin's history of hitting me with a closed fist, pushing me onto the ground and kicking me, I had no doubt he was capable of hitting Julian, particularly after having used cocaine, alcohol or whatever other substances with which he is presently involved," her declaration reads.

Of course Thicke's camp has a different perspective on the ugly situation. The performer's lawyer Angela Pierce di Donato issued the following statement to People:

Paula never reported any domestic violence until she was in a position of contempt by violating the custody orders. DCFS asked both Paula and Robin to drug test. Robin agreed and submitted to his test, but Paula refused to test. Infidelity has nothing to do with custody. She is attempting to throw anything at him to hurt him, but Robin's focus is their son.

Pierce di Donato says the restraining order and current custody arrangement (the judge gave Patton sole legal and physical custody of Julian until the next hearing on February 24, with supervised visitation for Thicke three days a week at a neutral location) is temporary, "based solely on paperwork." 

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Meanwhile, one of the former couple's nannies Adrienne Levy filed a declaration addressing Thicke's spankings of Julian, which Patton previously described as "excessive." Levy calls them "unremarkable, token spankings that are sparsely given." But another nanny, Isabel Garcia, is defending Patton's position, stating that she saw Thicke smoke marijuana when Julian was in his house, and Julian became upset when he had to stay alone with his father.

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What a heartbreaking mess! And this poor little boy. There's clearly so much finger-pointing going on, it's hard to know exactly what's what and where the family should go from here. It's truly disgraceful that Julian is being put through all of this emotional trauma, and his safety and comfort is really the top priority here. 

All we can do is hope that, ultimately, the court gets to the bottom of this bitter mudslinging and reaches a conclusion that is truly in the child's best interest.  

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