Robin Thicke Investigated for Child Abuse After Paula Patton, Son Make Claims of Excessive Spanking
The Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Service is investigating Robin Thicke after his and Paula Patton’s son, Julian, reportedly told school officials that Thicke spanked him on more than one occasion.
According to documents obtained by Us Weekly, Julian’s school reported his claims to the DCFS on Jan. 3, 2017, and the investigation opened thereafter. The DCFS has interviewed six-year-old Julian twice and will meet with Thicke next week on Jan. 12.
“Julian is scared of you,” Patton tells Thicke in the documents, according to TMZ.
Patton also says that the day before Julian opened up to his school about the alleged spanking, he demonstrated on Paula by hitting her on the back. After she said “ow,” Julian said that the way his father hit him was “actually worse than that.”
Soon after Julian presented these allegations, Patton filed an emergency order requesting a restriction on Thicke’s time with his son to monitored daytime visits only. She also asked for Thicke to complete a drug test.
Thicke argued that the way he occasionally disciplined his child was legal and that Patton consented for it to happen. “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,” Thicke said. “This is the type of discipline to which Paula and I agreed during our marriage.”
“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,” he alleges in the papers. “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.”