Usher Raymond’s wife, Tameka Foster Raymond got a consoling hug from the singer on Friday when she burst into tears after losing another round of a bitter custody battle over their two children.
According to Mailonline, the singer gave his ex-wife, a consoling hug moments after she lost her bid to get temporary primary custody of Usher V, five, and Naviyd, four, in a hearing in Atlanta.
She sought legal action after the pair’s older child got caught in a pool drain while in the care of Usher’s aunt on Monday. She alleged the children were in a ‘dangerous environment’.
The judge described the incident as an ‘awful accident’ but went on to dismiss the case.
The courtroom showdown between the former couple took a surprising turn, with Usher extending the proverbial olive branch to his distraught ex-wife by embracing her.
The 34-year-old RnB star tentatively approached, before placing his hand on her shoulder.
Raymond – whose 11-year-old son Kile, from a previous relationship, tragically died in a jetski accident last year – turned to him as he pulled her in for an embrace of apparent sympathy after what has been a very stressful week for the two parents.
Usher’s aunt, Rena Oden, was looking after the children on the day of the pool accident.
Before dismissing the case, Fulton County Superior Court Judge John Goger said he wasn’t certain anyone really could have done anything to prevent the accident. But he also advised Usher to keep his ex-wife well advised of his whereabouts and who’s taking care of the children.
The pair’s boy fell to the bottom of the pool and became stuck in the drain on Monday, according to an Atlanta police report. A housekeeper tried unsuccessfully to free him. A contractor doing work at the home pulled the boy from the pool and performed CPR.
The boy was ‘conscious, alert and breathing’ when emergency medical workers arrived, police said. He was still in the hospital Friday.
‘They’re just assessing him,’ Raymond told reporters outside the courthouse after the hearing. ‘There is a lot we don’t know. I mean you can’t – it’s only been a few days so we’re very thankful that he’s obviously alive but we still have to observe him and make sure that everything is OK.’
Usher left the courthouse in downtown Atlanta without speaking to reporters.