According to Dennis Byron, of HipHopEnquirer.com, Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane booted the press from the courtroom Tuesday during the contentious child custody trial of singer Usher Raymond and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster.
Judge Lane ordered the press removed from the courtroom in advance of testimony by Usher Raymond, who was asked by Tameka's lawyer, Lisa West, to explain a violent incident involving his own mother, Jonetta Patton.
According to Mr. Byron, Tameka Foster's attorney objected to the press being removed from the courtroom. It is her contention that Mr. Raymond is an unstable and unfit father.
Read Dennis Byron's report after the break, and stay tuned for more news from the courtroom later today.
Dennis Byron writes:
During yesterday's testimony, Usher Raymond was asked whether he tried to kill his own mother. According to confidential sources, Usher rammed his own vehicle into his mother's car after she showed up at his house. This is the second time Usher's attorneys have requested that the media be excluded from the courtroom even though Tameka's attorney has always wanted the media to be present as she has represented through her counsel that there would be a more balance reporting of the facts.
It is very interesting that Usher's attorneys have made these motions on the heels of their client doing very poorly on the witness stand. Attached court documents are from a previous order issued that gives the judge latitude to exclude media from the hearing. I also learned that the judge in this particular case made a controversial ruling that ultimately resulted in a man killing himself after he lost custody of his kids.
I hope these rulings by this judge doesn't cause any parties in this case to do the same. Also, remember this is the same judge who ordered rapper T.I. to pay additional child support to his kids years ago.
Below is exclusive video footage of Judge Lane booting the media from the courtroom at the Fulton County Courthouse in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday.
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