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Gets Custody!

5/21/2007 5:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

After the famous hamburger incident, David Hasselhoff has emerged victorious in court! He has won temporary custody of his two kids.

The court hearing today was closed -- secret. Hasselhoff went into court stripped of his right to visit with his children in the wake of the burger video. But we're told the judge was stunned by the evidence presented by the court-appointed expert who performed psychological evaluations on the family.

We're told the expert said Pamela Bach, Hasselhoff's ex, was abusive to her kids -- especially Hayley, the younger of the two. The expert also noted that Bach refused drug testing, among many other things.

Bach's lawyer was on the defensive today, unsuccessfully attacking the expert.

Sources say the judge gave David full custody for two weeks, until the next hearing is held. Until then, the kids will live with him.

UPDATE: A source tells TMZ that David Hasselhoff had his custody rights restored after agreeing to alcohol testing. This person did not mention the fact that the judge temporarily stripped Pamela of her custody rights.

TMZ spoke with David Hasselhoff's lawyer, Mel Goldsman, who refused to discuss TMZ's original story and Bach's statements about what happened in court

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Neither one of them deserve to have those children and the court should see that another relative (possibly grandparents) get those kids out of both of their homes NOW. He was a slobbering drunk and IMO that's not about to change "overnight". I don't know much about her but what I have read certainly isn't good or "motherly". Had he not been of celebrity status his chances at any custody would have been talks, celebrities walk, same old....

2710 days ago


I don't think either one of them should be parents. Those kids would be way better off with another family member or close family friend. Someone who has a lick of sense. They sure as hell don't. Just because they have money doesn't mean they are good parents. God help those childern. They will be in my prayers.

2710 days ago


Yes, there are THREE sides to every story....HIS>>>>> HERS>>>>>AND THE TRUTH!!!!!!!

2710 days ago


If you watched the video of David drunk, the concern his daughter's had for him comes through. There's a lot of love there. I hope everything works well for them.

2710 days ago

Uncle Howie    

TMZ has it WRONG AGAIN! Pamela did not get anything stripped regarding custody... David just gets to see the kids if he submits to alcohol testing 3 days a week... try checking the facts....

2710 days ago


These children should not even be subjected to EITHER of these parents if even 1/2 of the reports about them are true.

2710 days ago

just me    

Excerpt: "The judge was stunned by the evidence presented by the court-appointed expert who performed psychological evaluations on the family."

Yikes! Makes one wonder what the psychological evaluation of Pamela was that was so bad.

2710 days ago


With a drug addict for a mother and an alcoholic for a father what chance do these two teenage girls have for a normal life? Certainly they don't seem to have any decent role models to help them make the proper choices later on in life. I can't believe a judge awarded custody to Hasselhoff. With the courts making such irresponsible decisions is it any wonder the youth of this country are so screwed up?

2710 days ago

Uncle Howie    

This story is very misleading... The headline should have read "David Hasselhoff to see kids after agreeing to Alcohol testing 3 days a week"

What a bunch of B.S. TMZ is spouting! Pamela was stripped of nothing you idiots. David only got back his ability to see the kids if he passes alcohol testing

DAVID WON NOTHING! except maybe his life

2710 days ago


uuuhuuuu SistaSpirit ..... working for pam , right?! got some secret insider information? tzzzz

2710 days ago


I have only read about 20 of the comments and can't believe how naive most of you are!!! Not that it makes it right but there are many, many families that abuse their children both physically and emotionally and more often than not, it is due to substance abuse. David, at least, fesses up to his disease of addiction and is willing to do what it takes, in order to be with his children. It is clear to me what the Mrs.'s intentions were, as she is a taco short of a combo plate, as witnessed on Larry Kind, recently. Shame, shame on her for exploiting their family secrets, to the world. Bet she's sorry now and if not, she should be. Oh, and Opry telling the media that she (the Mrs.)is going to drug test weekly, daily or whatever, even though Opry thinks it's not necessary. Lastly, to SistaSpirit, what is your point. So what if he has to be tested daily or whatever, at least he is willing to do it, unlike your friend, the Mrs. and why do you say David won nothing ?? Is that what it's about, winning or losing?? I sure hope not because these are human beings not monopoly.
I just can't believe how many people here seem to have tunnel vision. YES, in your neighborhood and in your circle of friends, there is abuse going on....sexual, physical, emotional and any other disfunction you can think of.

2710 days ago


RSS, you need to get out more and right on rockygirl. These are NOT the worst parents, btw. Your neighbors do the same thing, they just don't tape it and put it on t.v.

If all children were taken away from parents with substance abuse problems, where would they go??? really, think about it.

You ALL know people like Pam and David, they just keep it private.

2710 days ago


I just KNEW something was amiss with the wife when Opri came on board. The tragedy is that the kids are always in the middle. Of the two, he is the one who has accepted any responsibility and accountability for the state of their marriage. Good luck to him.

2710 days ago


I guess the judge gave the kids to the less crazy parent...

2710 days ago


WOW Pam, no wonder you went with a $620,000 must have aLOT of dirty lil secrets that you don't want out here...Seems to me neither one of you have ever done much for your kids. You both are substance abusers, and you are just NOW fighting for the kids sake? DO them a favor and stop airing out your dirty laundry. These kids are almost all grown now. They have to live in the world that you two lost in a haze. They don't need to start out with the world knowing all your sick ways. Leave it to suspicion....

2710 days ago
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