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Hasselhoff

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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91.

danie    

Pamela is a self obessed plastic woman. She is only interested in herself not others.

2628 days ago
92.

imjustsaying    

Where's Opri? Thought she would be on all the talk shows tonight. She isn't helping Pam. Birkhead woke up, and dropped her. David will be paying for her attny fees. Even as bad as he looked on the tape, he is showing class now by saying liltle, and letting the courts do the talking...so far, in his favor.

2628 days ago
93.

gwen    

They are both crappy parents..I don't believe either one of them. Obviiously David Hasselhoff was the lessor of two evils..
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2628 days ago
94.

don quixote    

This is an example of the truth that just because two people are fairly good looking and have money that does not necessarily mean they should procreate.

Poor little girls. Let's hope a sane relative intervenes on their behalf.

2628 days ago
95.

tweety    

If Pamela refused a drug test, then she obviously has a serious problem.

I hope that this custody battle gets resolved ASAP for the sake of the kids.

It would also save Dave a ton of money.

But when he gets the bill from Debra Opri., he had better hire another professional to go over EACH and EVERY Item to make sure that he is not ROBBED Blind like what happened to Larry.

Debra O. is an excellent Example of MONEY Grubbing, Super GREEDY "I Need to be in the Spotlight " lawyer.

Who needs attorneys like that???!!!

2628 days ago
96.

tweety    

If Pamela refused a drug test, then she obviously has a serious problem.

I hope that this custody battle gets resolved ASAP for the sake of the kids.

It would also save Dave a ton of money.

But when he gets the bill from Debra Opri., he had better hire another professional to go over EACH and EVERY Item to make sure that he is not ROBBED Blind like what happened to Larry.

Debra O. is an excellent Example of MONEY Grubbing, Super GREEDY "I Need to be in the Spotlight " lawyer.

Who needs attorneys like that???!!!

2628 days ago
97.

tweety    

If Pamela refused a drug test, then she obviously has a serious problem.

I hope that this custody battle gets resolved ASAP for the sake of the kids.

It would also save Dave a ton of money.

But when he gets the bill from Debra Opri., he had better hire another professional to go over EACH and EVERY Item to make sure that he is not ROBBED Blind like what happened to Larry.

Debra O. is an excellent Example of MONEY Grubbing, Super GREEDY "I Need to be in the Spotlight " lawyer.

Who needs attorneys like that???!!!

2628 days ago
98.

sick of paris in L.A.    

i saw him in target today with his daughter. they were both walking around trying to attract as much attention as possible. whatever. they are all nitwits.

2628 days ago
99.

Studio    

Why aren't the kids being asked where they want to live. They are old enough to say now. Funny they don't have a say in all of this. I sure would have asked them in the judges chambers who do you want to stay with. I guess kids have NO SAY.

2628 days ago
100.

NubianGoddez    

I love the Hoff, keep ya head up David the courts are finally realizing these crazy man hating women conditioned by lesbian feminist secretly hate men and seek to destroy them using their children, the courts system and whatever dogs they can unleash to torment, humiliate and crucify men. I hate feminist women did not gain anything from these bunch of wackos I look forward to the day when all feminist are run out of town. while David is not perfect and neither is Alec its sickening to see what these women have done to these men and their own children. I have no respect for such she devils. gone are the day's they can use the court system to terrorize men. the judges are finally seeing these wingnuts for what they are.now let's get kim crazy ass!! in today's world where a girl needs her father, these women are using spite to get back at these men and that's why so many women are so screwed up. no fathers in their lives and being raised by men hating women under the illusion they are strong, independent women. these men have chosen to remain in their daughters lives despite the crazyass women they had the misfortune to breed with. when lesser men would have taken off running for the hills a long time ago.

2628 days ago
101.

TJ    

I don't think TMZ is reporting this story correctly. CBS News reported that Hasselhoff can continue to visit his daughters after the ban was lifted. It did not say he got custody as TMZ says in this column. See below:

(AP) A judge has restored David Hasselhoff's right to visit his two teenage daughters after that access was suspended over a videotape showing the recovering alcoholic apparently intoxicated, an attorney for the actor said Monday.

Lawyer Melvin Goldsman made the disclosure before the start of a closed-door court hearing concerning the videotape and related issues.

Hasselhoff, 54, and his former wife, Pamela Bach, 43, both attended the hearing but neither provided details after it ended.

2628 days ago
102.

Missi    

Why the hell is there a custody battle over two children who are fourteen and seventeen years old, for crying out loud?! The seventeen year old is over the legal age of consent in California. The fourteen year old is high school age. I cannot believe there would be any reason for a custody battle other than to line the pockets of the attorneys. Lets face it, anyone with a teenager knows that they are not going to go anywhere they don't want to go and if forced, they'll make the parent they are forced to live with suffer through horrible teenage angst. This is the dumbest, most idiotic custody battle I have heard of so far. My parents divorced when I was seventeen and my brother was fifteen - we decided where we wanted to live and that was that - for better or worse. These aren't toddlers who aren't capabable of picking up the phone if dad get's too drunk or mom gets to high on drugs. That whole drugs/drinking horse is already out of the barn - they've been there and done that. Gimme a freakin' break!

2628 days ago
103.

justanopinion    

# 3 I also watched Larry King when she was on there and I agree with you 100%.... the woman is on something. You could see it in her eyes and I don't know who she thinks she is fooling!

2628 days ago
104.

crymeariver    

It makes you wonder

2628 days ago
105.

Money grubbing heartless piggie Arthur!    

Yeah! Our entire country promotes excessive drinking and the majority drink. Even though alcoholism breaks my heart if every person that got drunk lost their kids we would have an entire country filled with parent less children, Shame on Pam for subjecting her kids and everyone else to that wretched video! She got what she deserved! David can absolutely love his children whether or not he has a drinking problem, he is still their dad.

2628 days ago
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