Transcript for New Details in Robin Thicke, Paula Patton Custody Battle
But we are back now and we'll talk about that custody battle brewing between robin Thicke and his ex-wife Paula Patton after their 6-year-old son reportedly told school officials his fracture spanks him. ABC's Paula Faris is here with more. Robin Thicke denies any allegations of child abuse. In court documents saying he never exceeded age appropriate discipline and that his ex-wife Paula Patton is doing this as retaliation. ??? Reporter: This morning, superstar crooner robin Thicke reportedly under investigation for alleged physical abuse of his 6-year-old son Julian. This after Thicke's son reportedly told his school that his father spanked him on multiple occasions. School officials reported the incident to the L.A. County department of children and family services, prompting the singer's ex-wife, actress Paula Patton to file an emergency order asking a judge to restrict contact between Thicke and his son to monitor daytime visits only. Under California state law, parents are allowed to spank their children. The law stipulates that as long as the spanking is done with an open hand on the buttocks and doesn't cause physical injury, there is no violation of the law. Reporter: In these documents obtained by ABC news Patton claims her son is scared of Thicke and a school official noted Julian said his father frequently, quote, punches him so hard but never where someone can see. The 39-year-old singer says in the documents 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. ??? Blurred lines ??? Reporter: The "Blurred lines" singer says in the document Patton is retaliating because she was not invited to his father, Alan Thicke's funeral services last month. He says Paula often made negative comments to me about my father, as such, she was not welcome at his funeral. However, the actress posted this message on Instagram last month about Alan Thicke. I loved and respected him so much. Despite Patton's concerns about the spankings, Patton's request to limit his joint custody was denied. The court is not going to alter a custody arrangement because one parent chooses to use corporal punishment. Now, again, no comment from Paula Patton's camp, nor from dcfs and though the judge did deny her request for limited custody this investigation is open and it remains ongoing. Their divorce finalized last March and things are getting a little ugly. Thank you, Paula.
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