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Guy Fieri

Dragged Into NASTY Custody Dispute

7/7/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Famous chef Guy Fieri -- the host of NBC's "Minute to Win It" -- is embroiled in a very bitter custody war ... all because he tried to do the right thing for his nephew after his sister passed away.


The whole ordeal started when Guy's sister Morgan died of cancer back in February -- landing her 11-year old son, Jules, square in the middle of a custody battle between Morgan's parents and the boy's father.

According to a petition for guardianship -- filed by Jules' grandparents -- they claimed the father, Dain Pape, should not get custody because he is "living out of his motor home," and has no income.

But last week , a Marin County judge sided with Pape ... ruling he should have custody -- and the grandparents should hand over Jules.

But since then Pape tells us ... Jules has been vacationing with his uncle Guy on a remote lake in Northern California -- with NO phone service -- and as a result he's been unable to take custody.

Pape says he hasn't driven to the lake because he wants to avoid a confrontation with the family. He simply wants the grandparents to comply with the court order.

We reached out to Guy's reps, but so far ... no response.



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Why was the kid living with his grandparents to begin with? Did the father ok that and now has changed his mind? Or did the grandparents take him and prevent the father from having access to his kid? There are a lot of questions here that I would like to know the answer to, TMZ. Also, there is nothing in this story that puts Guy on one side or the other. When the vacation is over the kid should go to the father. Simple as that.

1147 days ago

Mal de Ojo    

If you read the online obituary for Morgan is says that she was with her "long time partner" at the time of her death who, it would seem, is a woman. She and Dain Pape were not a couple at the time she passed.
Also at the age of 11, the son is able to make a decision regarding who he wants to live with. If the son wanted to be with his estranged father, it doesn't seem like Guy wouldn't stand in the way. Jules has probably expressed a desire not to be sent to his dad which isn't surprising as he has probably had the most contact with his Mom, her companion, his grandparents and uncle in his life rather than the non-custodial parent.
If Dain Pape really cared about his son, he'd respect his son's wishes.

736 days ago
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