Robin Thicke ordered to stay away from ex-wife Paula Patton and loses custody of son amid domestic abuse allegations
Robin Thicke has been ordered to stay away from his ex-wife and son after a judge approved a restraining order against him.
Paula Patton, who he was married to for 10 years before splitting in 2013, went to family court earlier this month, alleging the Blurred Lines hitmaker had physically abused their six-year-old boy Julian with harsh spankings.
According to TMZ, a judge sided with Patton during a hearing on Thursday and temporarily relinquished Thicke's parental rights, while officials at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) continue their investigation into abuse allegations.
Robin and Paula appeared in court and both asked for temporary sole custody of Julian, but when presented with a domestic violence restraining order by Patton's lawyers, the judge approved the motion and ordered Thicke to stay away from his ex, his son, and any of Paula's family members until further notice.
Thicke's lawyers made a swipe of their own by informing the judge DCFS agencies are planning to close the abuse case against the singer due to "unfounded" allegations. His attorneys also insisted another case has been opened against Patton for "emotional abuse", with claims she is intentionally pitting Julian against his father.
Patton allegedly submitted the domestic violence restraining order request after a scheduled visit between her ex and Julian went awry. Robin has been accused of losing his temper and violently banging on the door after no one answered when he turned up at the home of Paula's mother to pick up his son for an authorised visit.
Their custody battle has become even messier after the actress accused her ex of beating her during their marriage and threatening to cause her serious harm.
According to a declaration she filed in support of her domestic violence restraining order, which was granted in court on Thursday, Patton claims Thicke hit her with a closed fist and pushed her to the ground during a fight at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in France.
The Warcraft star also alleges the singer threatened multiple times to "bash my f**king head in", according to the papers obtained by TMZ.
Patton also reveals she reached her breaking point with the marriage in February 2013, when Robin and their son Julian came to visit her on the set of Warcraft.
She alleges she was "incredibly fearful of angering him" and did not want to leave her husband for fear of "his volatility...his retribution."
In the restraining order request, Patton allege her ex-husband "had a temper and could be volatile at time" and recalled an occasion where she claims he had "inappropriate contact with the masseuse"
"Robin became so enraged that I had interrupted his ‘massage’ that he broke down the locked door. Robin became physically violent with me. He pushed me down and kicked me."
She claims he admitted to having a drug and alcohol problem "that it was affecting his behavior."
Thicke's lawyer responded to the claims, telling People in a statement: "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."
The R&B hitmaker's temporary loss of custody has occurred nearly two weeks after he turned up at Paula's house on January 13 with police by his side in a failed attempt to meet with Julian.
Robin was turned away from her home and forced to leave the property after the little boy informed police officers he was afraid of his dad and wanted to stay with his mother.
Thicke has admitted to lightly spanking Julian on rare occasions, insisting the disciplinary method was something he and Paula agreed upon during their marriage.