A family court judge will soon make a decision in the vicious custody battle between R&B superstar Usher Raymond and his ex-wife Tameka Foster Raymond and the subject is a hot topic of debate online and off.
While my last post was a long read, I know I omitted a few things. One in particular was “family friend Linda Brock-White who testified against Tameka last Wednesday just days after returning from a family vacation with the grieving mom and her boys.
Video + the “real deal” about Tameka’s so called “friend,” Linda Brock White, below…
Brock-White is the Godmother of both Tameka’s kids with her first husband, Ryan Glover and an old friend of the family.
After Ryan & Tameka’s son Kile passed away, Tameka invited Brock-White on a family get-away where she took Usher V, Naviyd and Ryan, Jr. to Saint Barts for a week.
Brock-White had reportedly traveled with Tameka many times in the past and over the past 17 years she had no problems spending time away on Tameka’s dime, which is why it was quite odd that just days after returning she hit the stand against her “friend”.
As I stated in the title… with friends like THAT chick, who the hell needs enemies! Brock White was used as Usher’s “smoking gun” against his ex-wife and smirked as Tameka’s former “friend” testified that Tameka was a “bad mother.”
Apparently Brock-White, felt ‘some kinda way’ about Tameka’s mood during the trip and she testified that the grieving mother wasn’t very attentive to her kids.
I was sitting in the court and I saw Brock-White’s testimony with my own eyes. She was clearly disgruntled over something… but we soon found out what.
One thing that I’ve noticed that no one has mentioned so far, is that Tameka’s attorney’s basically discredited her “friend” when it was revealed that she was angry about not being able to go shopping like they usually did when they traveled together. She described how Tameka stayed in her room while she and Tameka’s niece tended to the kids.
That being said, why wasn’t it possible that Tameka was still reeling over the loss of her son?
Another point made during cross-examination was the fact that Brock-White and Tameka had gotten into an argument during the trip that caused Brock-White to leave early (well well… the plot thickens!).
The altercation was brought up by Tameka’s attorney, and Brock-White testified that Tameka had asked her to tend to the two young boys as she was paying for a cab after dinner. There were two other adults traveling with the party and when Tameka asked ‘can somebody get them for a second while I pay the man’, Brock-White screamed “Handle your own dayum kids!” and the two exchanged words.
Brock-White also admitted to Usher’s attorney’s that she did so much during that trip that ‘she deserved to be on the payroll’ but when cross-examined she denied saying it.
Last but not least… Brock-White tried to make it seem as though Tameka felt ‘some kinda way’ about the family calling Usher V by his first name in public.
I admit I almost laughed out loud in the courtroom when the Judge Bensonetta Tipton-Lane asked ‘well… what did she tell you to call him then?’ and Brock-White couldn’t come up with an answer.
The judge asked Brock-White a 2nd time for clarification, stating ‘did she tell you to call him by any other name? a middle name perhaps?’ Brock-White said again said no, but then stumbled over her response stating they called him someting like ‘Four or Five… or Cinco.”
At some point during Brock-White’s testimony, Tameka got up and walked out of the courtroom. I can only imagine how she felt having to sit there and watch someone who she’d considered a “friend” just days earlier sit on a stand and call her a bad mother.
When I tell y’all it’s a cruel world out there… you best believe me!
I’ve been called everything but a child of God by “Team Usher” and apparently teenagers are authorities on custody battles these days.
My opinion on this situation has nothing to do with whether I “like” Usher or Tameka. In fact, they both share the burden of whatever is going on between them. Tameka knew what she was getting… and so did Usher.
But even with that, they both should bear equal responsibility for those kids, who deserve a mother AND a father.
Unfortunately, it’s usually the parent with the most dough who’ll win in situations like these, mostly because they can afford to pay for their desired outcome (one way or another).
I wonder how much friends are going for these days?
This post is long as hell but I have to mention one more thing.
It was also brought up in court that a woman befriend Tameka on Twitter right after her son Kile died. Apparently she told Tameka that she had lost a child as well and the two formed a bond. Fast forward to the custody battle resuming just weeks after Kile’s funeral… how bout the woman turned out the be a private investigator!!
When she found out who the woman really was, Tameka sent her a few choice words via text (can you blame her!?) BUT GET THIS… Usher’s attorney’s tried to use Tameka’s angry text messages as proof she’s “unstable”…
I wrote this whole long “A”zz post to because sometimes it’s the things that are left out of the story that you should probably pay the most attention.
So again… when I tell you it’s a cruel world… trust me, it is.
Stay tuned, I heard there’s even more explosive details about the Raymond’s custody battle coming out soon….
(Photos: Getty/via Zimbo)