The judge in Fulton County, GA presiding over the custody battle between R&B superstar Usher and ex-wife Tameka Raymond has refused to postpone the trial due to the recent death of Tameka’s 11-year-old son.
TMZ reports the trial will resume later this month. The singer requested to delay the court date because he was worried that the court hearing would cause “unnecessary stress and strain” for himself, Tameka, and their two young children.
But Tameka argued that Usher is still pulling stunts and shows for the press, claiming in court documents that he “visited Kile in the hospital only once” during his 15 days on child support.
The case is scheduled to go on as planned and Usher will again take the stand. The trial will resume on August 13 and is expected to only last a few days.
Speaking in length for the first time since Kile’s passing, Tameka shared a personal statement. Read it below.
To begin, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the countless number of people who opened their hearts, extended their prayers, well-wishes and remained hopeful for my son Kile during the last weeks of his life. I truly believe that he has always been an Angel from birth and the World was just too small to contain a spirit so vast. I’m thankful and blessed to merely be the vessel that carried him and humbled that God gave him to us to love. I also feel humbled by everyone’s show of concern, and knowing that Kile Glover touched the lives of so many has given me strength during my worst & darkest hour … Again I THANK YOU ALL!
Sadly, I remain in the unfortunate position of having to respond to and attend court proceedings that were not initiated or begun by me. I did not file this custody case (January 2011) and was content with the ‘joint custody’ arrangement that we share.
Most importantly, nor do I wish to appear in court while I am mourning the loss of my son. But I do not want to delay thus prolong these proceedings either; I’d rather continue this arduous process hoping it will help move me through this most difficult period in my life. People seem to be privy to only my filed responses as ‘Defendant’ to the initiation of this case (Jan 4, 2011), when I have only been defending myself and protecting the best interests of my children through my counsel. I cannot control how the media reports are written/slanted/spun or even how court documents may be manipulated in their attribution of certain statements as if they are direct “quotes” from me- yet I can control what I actually say myself.
This may sound really cliché but you must NOT believe everything you read or hear and never judge… especially without solid facts and always, but always consider the source. Discernment is key. My boys are my entire world and I will fight tooth and nail to keep all of my sons together as a family, I pray for a swift, peaceful resolution so that we all can move forward.
Again, thank you for your concern, positive energy and hope for my family during this surreal time. There have been times when just the right words, at the right time, have provided me shelter through this storm and I appreciate you all. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.
With Love & Light,
Tameka Foster Raymond