Usher, Ex-Wife Tameka Face Off In Court

8:51 PM, Aug 9, 2013   |    comments
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Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

She cried and wept. He was calm and steady.

Usher and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster Raymond, faced off in an Atlanta courtroom this afternoon. It was an "emergency" hearing called in the wake of this week's pool accident involving their son, Usher V, 5.

Tameka was asking for the couple's custody agreement of a year ago to be changed.

Usher's camp wanted the petition dismissed so that he can retain custody of Usher V and his brother, Naviyd, 4. The children are "thriving," Usher's lawyer, John Mayoue, told the court, noting that Usher V is "expected to be discharged on Sunday" from an Atlanta hospital.

After nearly two hours, Usher emerged victorious. The judge ruled to dismiss the petition.

And when it ended, Usher and Tameka hugged.

But the afternoon's courtroom drama included emotional testimony, with Tameka at one point breaking down after the 911 pool accident call was playing, saying, "The whole scene was chaos!"

She tried to point a finger at Rena Oden, Usher's aunt who is often with the kids and who was there on Monday when Usher V got his arm stuck in an underwater drain. "I don't believe she had any control over the kids!" Tameka told the court.

A frustrated Tameka admitted that she doesn't really know what goes on with her sons. "I don't know where my children are. I don't know who my children are with ... I don't know the phone number to the house where they are. I've never seen the house. I don't know a lot."

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