USHER Retains Custody After Emergency Hearing


Tameka Foster (a.k.a. Tameka Raymond) requested an emergency custody hearing after her oldest son with ex-husband Usher, Usher V (who’s called Cinco), nearly drowned at the singer’s home when he got caught in a drain. The judge ultimately denied Tameka’s request to gain temporary custody of both their sons (Usher V and Navivyd). Tameka alleged that Usher’s aunt, Rena Oden, who was watching the kids when the accident happened, was an “unfit” cartaker. First the judge addressed Tameka:

“What happened here was an awful accident. I don’t know, and based on the evidence I heard I am not certain that any single person who had been by that pool side that one person could have done better than Miss Oden. Miss Oden did impress me as a capable person. You’re standards for a caregiver are very high. I am denying, dismissing the motion.”

The judge then addressed Usher, and it sounded like the judge did hear Tameka’s complaints that she isn’t told what’s occurring with her children on a regular basis.

“I will say Mr. Raymond, in the future you would be well advised to keep your former spouse informed about your whereabouts and who is taking care of the kids. That will be a feature perhaps in the case as this moves forward or the companion case.”

Usher reportedly hugged Tameka and told her “I’m sorry” before hugging his aunt. Accidents do happen, but hopefully Usher has bought some drain covers for the pool! This won’t be their final face-off in court, either. Before this accident occurred, Usher had gone to court to request his $8,000/month child support payments to Tameka be reduced since he now has primary custody of their sons. After the judge’s ruling yesterday, Tameka tweeted:

When life doesn’t make sense, remember the universal system is beyond anything we can comprehend. We don’t need to see it. Just trust it.

I’m just glad Tameka didn’t lose a second son (her oldest son, Kile, died after a tragic jet-ski accident last summer). Hopefully she and Usher can figure out some way to make peace for their kids’ sakes.


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