Paula Patton and Robin Thicke’s Custody Battle Is Getting Nasty

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Former childhood sweethearts Paula Patton and Robin Thicke have been going toe to toe over custody of their son, Julian. (Photo: AP/Getty)
Former childhood sweethearts Paula Patton and Robin Thicke have been going toe to toe over custody of their son, Julian. (Photo: AP/Getty)

Paula Patton and Robin Thicke aren’t exactly riding Hollywood’s friendly-exes train. In fact, the custody battle over their 6-year-old son, Julian, seems to be in a steep downward spiral. On Thursday, Patton filed documents alleging that Thicke and his lawyer arranged some off-the-books communication with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services folks, including a fancy sushi dinner where her ex-husband wined and dined a caseworker. (Just to be clear, that’s a big no-no.)

The actress went on to accuse Thicke of basically fabricating his claim that she had kidnapped Julian by tampering with the custody order. (That would also be a big no-no.) According to Patton, Thicke did this to humiliate her when she was arrested in front of Julian. Yikes.

Pictures have surfaced showing Thicke, Julian, and the Department of Children and Family Services employee arriving for the lunch in question at Nobu in Malibu. It appears that Thicke’s girlfriend, April Love Geary, was also along for the occasion. His team has scoffed at Patton’s claims, arguing that the caseworker sat at a separate table and drank only water. (No fancy sushi for him!) Interestingly, a report has popped up claiming that the caseworker actually sat with another caseworker, who was assigned to monitor the original caseworker after Patton complained about him.

Robin Thicke loves to hang with his mini-me, Julian. (Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers via Getty Images)
Robin Thicke loves to hang with his mini-me, Julian. (Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers via Getty Images)

On Friday, however, a new report claimed that Patton was dropping the allegations against her musician ex before the scheduled hearing. Still, it has been a rocky road for the former loves, who have been in and out of court for months. Back in January, a judge gave Patton temporary sole custody and issued a temporary domestic violence restraining order against Thicke, which ordered him to stay away from her, their son, and her mother.

It has been a hard few months for Thicke, who lost his father, actor Alan Thicke, last December. Patton put aside her differences with his son and posted a sweet tribute to her late father-in-law at the time.

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We’ll have to wait and see if Paula’s latest move means the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight.


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