Robin Thicke’s ex-wife Paula Patton has claimed in a court filing that the singer allegedly ‘spanked’ and punched’ their six-year-old son Julian
The actress – who is filing an emergency order granting custody of Julian – detailed her concern for the young boy in the wake of two incidents earlier this month where he allegedly spoke of being hit by his father.
Patton claims that Julian complained to her on January 2 about how hard he was being hit by Thicke.
Two days later, Julian’s school called authorities to report that the boy had revealed to an employee he was being punched by his father.
However Robin was quick to respond. Declaring that he is an active and involved parent who coaches his son’s sports team, he did not deny having spanked his son before, however never in an excessive or illegal manner.
'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,' he said in his statement.
'This is the type of discipline to which Paula and I agreed during our marriage.'
Robin also suggested Paula’s accusations were revenge for having been banned from attending his father Alan Thicke’s funeral.
A judge on Thursday appeared to side with the singer, denying Patton's emergency order.
Department of Child and Family Services has also not issued any orders limiting 'custody or contact with [Thicke] in any way.'