Usher May Have Won His Custody Battle But His Ex-Wife Tameka Is Fighting Back


Last Friday R&B crooner extraordinaire Usher Raymond won a huge custody battle and, starting September 1, will have primary custody over his two sons with Tameka Foster, 4 year-old Usher Raymond V and 3 year-old Naviyd Ely Raymond. This was very surprising news for those of us who remember Usher breaking down on the witness stand a while back, as he was accused of being too wrapped up in his career– and the party life that comes with it– to be a fully present father. Many people also thought that the judge might side with Tameka– mothers often do win cases like these and Tameka has also had a horrific few months, having lost her 11 year-old son (and Usher’s stepson) Kile Glover. However, a decision has been made. But that doesn’t mean Tameka is standing by it, especially since there are rumors flying about that the judge was, in way, bought off by Usher’s lawyers. Details inside.

TMZ has the report:

Usher’s ex-wife Tameka Raymond is PISSED over her recent loss in court and believes the ruling could be the result of a biased judge … so she’s gearing up to file an appeal, TMZ has learned.

TMZ broke the story … Tameka lost a hard-fought custody battle on Friday when a judge ruled in Usher’s favor and granted primary custody of their two young children to the singer.

But sources close to Tameka tell TMZ, she feels the ruling was unfair. We’re told Tameka recently found out that Usher’s lawyer’s law firm threw an election fundraiser back in 2008 for the judge who presided over the trial … and she feels that connection may have influenced the ruling.

According to the campaign contribution report for Judge Lane, the law firm that represented Usher raised $1,278 for Lane in March 2008.

Sources tell us … Tameka is baffled by the decision because she argued in court that Usher is constantly on the road, where as she has the more stable schedule … thus it makes no sense to give him primary custody.

We’re told Tameka wants to fight the decision ASAP and is interviewing lawyers for an appeal.

Hmmm… that’s very interesting, and not entirely surprising. I’ve watched way to many gangsta flicks, so I think most judges and cops get payed to make certain judicial decisions, lol. But seriously, does anyone think this story might have some truth to it? It’s a compelling narrative, if you’re having trouble believing that a court would grant primary custody to Usher. But it’s also possible that they saw Tameka as someone who was going through too much to also be primarily responsible for two young boys.

As we are seeing with the Halle Berry/Gabriel Aubry case, this is very tricky stuff. And sadly, much of it seems to have very little to do with the children.

Do you guys think the judges ultimately made a good decision by ruling in Usher’s favor? Or is something else popping off around here?

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  • ella

    It’s probably impossible to say whether or not the fundraiser or Usher’s celebrity influenced the judge’s ruling, but my understanding is that judges are supposed to avoid even the APPEARANCE of impropriety. If he has that connection to the law firm, it seems to me that he should have removed himself from the case.

    • Shannon

      ella, yes. This is a difficult one to judge; we know so little. But I think you’re right, even if it was a small amount of money involved, another judge might have been the better choice.

  • blaqfury

    I was feeling sorry for Tameka until I saw her tweet calling Usher’s current girlfriend, barren, infertile and sterile and trying to steal someone else’s sons since she can’t have any of her own.

    I have a cousin who is barren and i can’t even begin to describe the emotional toll it has taken on her and how she feels like she has failed as a woman and failed her husband because she cannot bare his child. I admire my cousin’s strength. But anways, if it’s true and Ush’s girl is in that state, shame on Tameka. That was unnecessarily hurtful and not her secret to share with the world. If Usher’s girl has any emotional ties to her being infertile, I hope that this doesn’t send her to a dark place since now the entire world knows. Again, Shame on Tameka!

    • Shannon

      blaqfury, yikes! I just read those tweets. These things get SO UGLY. Def not defending her, I just have seen so many things like this when people do not get their way or get what they think they deserve. These custody battles really, I think bring out the worst in people. All the anger, jealousy, and drama (again, very little of which has to do with the actual children) comes out.

      Thanks for commenting on this. I agree, there are some things that should not be played with or made public. A woman’s ability to give birth or not should never be publicized in a fit of rage.

  • Guest

    The fundraiser was four years ago and raised a paltry, by judicial fundraiser standards, $1,200. I have trouble believing a judge would sell his career by making a questionable judgement in a celebrity case, where every move is likely to be scrutinized, for such a small sum.

    • Shannon

      Thanks for commenting– when I saw the amount, I thought the same. It’s hard to believe, but you never know!

  • Nathan

    There is usually a good reason when custody is awarded to a father. If equal in all ways, it’s still generally given to the mother.

    • Shannon

      Nathan, you’re absolutely right. Which is why I’m VERY curious to know how the judge came to this decision.

  • Alys

    Probably a better idea to have recused himself for appearances and the possibility of a scandal like this. No matter what, this is such a miserable trial. Those poor boys.

  • cutitout

    Tameka tried to use those boys to stay “in the life” and she failed. She did it to her self. She had no business dealing with Usher anyways, she’s too old and we all know Usher has some kind of Granny complex/fetish from the damage done to him as a child when Diddy and them had him sexin’ all those grown women.
    Bottom line, When you divorce a celeb, you are not entiltled to live as a celebrity forever and it is not Usher’s responsibility to sponsor her and all her kids in order to maintain his sons pre-divorce way of life when he can just take custody and do it himself. If they need all that luxury, why not??? This may be the best way to stop goldiggers in their tracks…