There’s an ugly custody battle brewing between Robin Thicke and Paula Patton.
The soulful singer, 39, is being investigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services amid allegations of child abuse for spanking the former couple’s 6-year-old son Julian.
According to court documents seen by Us, Julian reportedly told school officials that his father spanked him more than once. In turn, the school reported the incident to the DCFS on January 3, and the department opened an investigation. As well, the DCFS has since interviewed Julian and his famous father.
Since then, Patton, 41, filed an emergency order to restrict Thicke’s time with their son to monitored daytime visits only.
But Thicke denies any abuse.
“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,” the Blurred Lines hitmaker says in a statement.
The statement adds: “It is my belief that Paula holds residual anger towards me because I and my family would not permit her or her family to attend the funeral of my father on December 20, 2016. Paula did not have a positive relationship with my father … As such, she was not welcome at his funeral. It is my belief that Paula only wanted to attend because it would have resulted in additional public exposure for her.”