Usher Wins Custody Battle Against Tameka Foster

Usher Wins Custody Battle Against Tameka Foster
Usher in court Friday
David Goldman/AP

updated 08/09/2013 at 02:25 PM EDT

originally published 08/09/2013 05:00PM

Usher and his ex Tameka Foster faced off in an Atlanta courtroom Friday over the custody of their two sons, Usher V, 5, and Navivyd Ely, 4.

After an afternoon of emotional testimony, a judge dismissed the case, leaving the singer with primary custody of the children.

During the hours-long hearing, both Foster and Usher – along with his aunt, Rena Oden – took the stand to discuss the children and each Foster and Usher's parenting.

As expected, their versions of the saga differed: Foster claimed Usher is unresponsive to her, leaves their sons in the care of unfit supervision and is an absentee father. The singer said her claims are false, that the children are well taken care of and that he has not barred her from their lives.



After the case was dismissed, the singer hugged Foster and whispered "I'm sorry" several times in her ear before turning his attention to his aunt, who he kissed and hugged in celebration of the verdict.

Foster requested the emergency hearing on Tuesday following the near-drowning of their eldest son at the singer's home. Cinco, as the child is known, remains in recovery at a local hospital and is expected to be released on Sunday, according to the singer's lawyer.

"My favorite 5-year-old. What a blessing!" Foster tweeted on Thursday, along with a photo of herself cradling the little boy. "I have always loved and appreciated my sons but tragedies and close calls make this even more evident."



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Tameka Foster in court Friday

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On Monday, Cinco's arm got stuck in a pool drain as he was trying to retrieve a toy. Two male employees working inside the house jumped into the pool to free him after a maid and his aunt were unable to. During the hearing,Foster and Usher offered conflicting versions of the incident and what happened afterwards. The recording of the 911 call placed by Oden was played, causing family members in the court room to burst into tears.

"I would like to thank my Aunt Rena as well as the doctors and nurses who are working with us around the clock. I would especially like to thank the two men who saved my son's life, Eugene Stachurski and Ben Crews," the singer said in a statement on Wednesday. "They are true heroes and I am deeply grateful to them."

"I am blessed and fortunate to say that my son Usher V is doing well and is recovering," the statement read. "I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers, love and support for my family's well-being."
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