Remember when everyone couldn’t get enough of “Blurred Lines”, and Robin Thicke was thought to be the Next Big Thing?
How a couple years, a reputation-damaging lawsuit, a cheating scandal, and a seriously ugly divorce can change things.
Not long after Thicke blew up as the one-hit wonder of 2013, his carefully crafted public image began to fall apart.
Thicke’s wife, Paula Patton, filed for divorce, citing the singer’s infidelity, drug use, and abusive behavior toward herself and her son.
These days, Thicke and Patton are battling for custody of 6-year-old Julian, and it seems that every time they square off in court the actress levels a shocking new allegation against her former husband.
In early January, she accused Thicke of beating her repeatedly throughout their marriage.
Later in the month, at a second hearing, she told the court that she could not allow for unsupervised visits, as she had witnessed Thicke abusing her son on more than one occasion.
Now, Thicke is fighting for the right to spend time with his son without a court-appointed monitor present.
Sources close to the case say Patton is doing everything in her power to convince the court that Thicke is a threat to young Julian’s safety.
“Robin wants to spend as much time as possible with Julian, and he was upset because the monitor was trying to cut his visit time short, so his team went and filed to change to a new monitor, which was denied,” an insider tells People magazine.
Thicke insists that there’s no need for supervised visits, telling the court “I have never done anything to harm Julian, and I never would.”
The court found in Patton’s favor, and denied Thicke’s request for unsupervised visits.
Patton’s team tells People, that she could have denied him visitation rights altogether, but chose to allow supervised visits for the sake of her son:
“Paula did not have to request that the court grant Robin court-appointed monitored visits with Julian three days a week but did so with the belief that maintaining a relationship with the father in the presence of a monitor to ensure his safety and well-being would be in Julian’s long-term best interest,” says a member of Patton’s legal team.
Thicke says his request for unsupervised visits was prompted by a recent incident in which the court’s monitor unexpectedly ended a visit between father and son a full six hours early.
Thicke says he fought the decision until the monitor “indicated that [he] really did not have a choice.”