The custody battle between Robin Thicke and ex-wife, Paula Patton, just got a little messy.
According to reports, the singer is being investigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services over child abuse allegations.
The reports say Thicke disciplined his 6-year-old son, Julian, by spanking him, however, it all backfired when Julian reportedly told school officials that it happened more than once. The school then reported the incident to DCFS at the top of the new year, leading to an open investigation against Thicke. In turn, Patton began to keep Julian away from his father, filing an emergency order asking to for monitored daytime visits only between Thicke and his son.
In legal documents obtained by TMZ, Patton claimed Julian is scared of his father. She says that the day before Julian told the school about the incident with Thicke, he told her that his dad spanked him “really hard.” So hard that when Julian demonstrated on Patton, she said “ow,” to which the 6-year-old claimed it to be worse than that.
The next day, the school took Julian’s statement, which stated Thicke “punches” him very hard, frequently.
In response to the allegations, Thicke filed legal documents of his own, stating that a light spanking is rarely used, only as a last resort, but is still consistent with the law.
“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.”
There have been claims regarding Thicke’s sobriety around Julian. Thicke is accused of showing up drunk to Julian’s kindergarten graduation last June. However Thicke believes this is all payback for not letting Patton attend his father, Alan Thicke’s funeral last month.
“Paula did not have a posititve relationship with my father and often made negative comments to me about my father. As such, she was not welcome at his funeral,” Thicke said in legal documents obtained by the publication.
While in DCFS investigation is ongoing, Thursday morning a judge reportedly denied Patton’s request to limit Thicke’s joint custody and a request for drug testing.