Actress Paula Patton went to court to protect her son from his allegedly abusive father, R&B singer Robin Thicke.
Thicke, 39, and his ex-wife are waging a bitter custody battle over their six-year-old son, Julian Fuego Thicke.
Patton, 41, is denying the "Blurred Lines" hitmaker access to young Julian after the child revealed his dad beat him.
The boy also told teachers at his school about the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father. The school reported the incident to officials at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, who opened an investigation.
Paula also filed an emergency order asking a judge to restrict Robin's contact with Julian to monitored daytime visits only, according to gossip tabloid TMZ. In addition to beating the child with an open hand, Paula says Thicke "punched" the boy on numerous occasions.
In legal documents, Paula told Robin, "Julian is scared of you."
Thicke responded by confessing to spanking his son, stating: "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."
But child experts insist that spanking or physically striking children in any form is abusive and leads to violent behavior in adults.
The child's nanny also accused Thicke of smoking marijuana in front of his son, and Paula alleges her ex showed up drunk at Julian's kindergarten graduation last June.
Thicke insists the whole custody drama is payback for blocking Paula from attending his late father Alan Thicke's funeral last month.
In court documents, obtained by TMZ, Thicke writes: "Paula did not have a positive relationship with my father and often made negative comments to me about my father. As such, she was not welcome at his funeral."
Reports suggest both parties met for a hearing on Thursday, Jan. 12, when a family court judge denied Paula's request to limit Robin's joint custody and also denied a request for drug testing.
The DCFS' investigation is ongoing.
Boys need their fathers, but not if the fathers are abusive.
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