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Friday, August 9, 2013

Usher's custody battle, our gut-wrenching entertainment

Back in 2008, Usher Raymond sung the hook on a T.I. song titled "My Life Your Entertainment."

"My life, your entertainment," goes the chorus. "You watch it while I live it (live it). "You waitin' for me to lose it. I guess I'm just here for your amusement." In a surreal episode of life imitating art imitating life, those lyrics are currently playing out as Usher's renewed child custody battle with ex-wife Tameka Foster streams live on TMZ, WSB-TV, and the like.

Their prolonged battle for custody following their 2009 divorce ended last year with the R&B artist gaining primary custody of his sons Nayvid and Usher V. But after five-year-old Usher V almost drowned Monday in a pool at Usher's home, Foster filed an emergency petition for custody.

The trial is currently underway at Fulton County Superior Court. The case hinges on whether or not the children have adequate supervision while in Raymond's care. During opening statements, Raymond's lawyer said the entertainer "has canceled over 87 concert and live appearances since being awarded custody" in order to stay home with his children. At the time of the accident, Raymond's Aunt Rena Oden was caring for the children.

"I don't know where my children are. i don't know who my children are with.... I don't know a lot." Foster said just from the witness stand where she is currently testifying. Foster lost her oldest son, Kile Glover, in a lake boating accident last year while he was under the supervision of his father, Ryan Glover.

Last week, entertainment rags speculated that Foster might be a cast member on an Atlanta version of VH1's "Hollywood Exes." If she does go through with it, that'll be one reality show story line that won't need to be faked.

Update 3:30 p.m.: While Foster was on the stand, her lawyer played the 911 tape of Raymond's Aunt Rena Oden calling for help during the near tragedy. Foster bowed her head while listening and wept. "This is chaos, this is chaos, this is chaos...." Foster repeats through tears before the court concludes her emotional testimony before her lawyer gets to ask her last question. Aunt Rena is currently on the stand.

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