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Adrienne Maloof

Wins Temporary Custody

Paul Allegedly Choked Kid

9/19/2012 5:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0919_adrienne_maloof_paul_nassif_article Adrienne Maloof was just awarded temporary custody of her three boys after telling a judge her estranged husband, Paul Nassif, choked one of their kids last Thursday ... TMZ has learned.

Adrienne's lawyer went to court and filed a declaration she wrote, in which she claimed Paul picked their 3 boys up from school Thursday. During the ride, 2 of the boys were kicking each other, when Paul allegedly reached back and choked one of the boys around the Adam's apple.

According to a separate declaration, filed by Adrienne, one of the boys told a psychiatrist ... Paul smacked him on his "wet bare bottom" because he had peed on his sibling in the bath, and then sent him to the corner for a time-out.

The couple's chef also filed a declaration, claiming he witnessed Paul kicking the family dog when it peed on the floor. And a DEA agent who is friends with the couple filed yet another declaration claiming he witnessed Paul putting his hands around the neck of one of the children.

Neither Paul nor his lawyer were present during the hearing -- they were never told about the hearing -- although we know Paul denies ALL of the allegations.

Paul's lawyer, Lisa Meyer, tells TMZ, "This smacks of underhandedness. Adrienne wasn't even present when this allegedly occurred." Meyer adds, "It is a sad day when parents have to stoop to the level of making false allegations against another parent." Meyer calls Adrienne's move "gamesmanship at its worst."

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Phishie from Philly    

The brothers are at it again. They so look like brothers.
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Phishie from Philly

712 days ago
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writenow    

Choking is next to strangulation....and that is no joke. It is a very personal anger. See the Kids Killed section of Familylawcourts.com.

(Also check out the "Kids Killed Fast" , part, too.

712 days ago
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bob    

i know paul...this lady is serious lying s*** period.

712 days ago
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devilgirl    

Not sure why he has turned so violent now. Seems to me this is a little too convenient for Maloof. People don't turn violent overnight, so either Maloof subjected her children to abuse all along or she is lying. Things don't add up.

712 days ago
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AreUCrazy    

Again and again kids are used like pawn pieces in divorce or separation cases. Adults need to grow up and leave the kids out of the fight.

712 days ago
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bob    

i know paul...this lady is serious lying s*** period.

712 days ago
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bob    

wow you can't say the word s c u m on tmz's website??? really?

712 days ago
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Beauty    

Shes totally got the Latoya peter-pan nose going

712 days ago
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kitnplayn    

SO, YOU ARE CALLING A D.E.A. AGENT A LIAR? JUST BECAUSE SHE WASN'T THERE, DOESN'T MEAN SHE IS NOT AWARE OF THE ABUSE. KIDS TALK. THEY TALK ALOT MORE WHEN THEY ARE BEING PHYSICALLY ABUSED, EVEN MORE SO THAN SEXUAL ABUSE, BECAUSE IN SEX ABUSE, THEY DON'T ALWAYS UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S WRONG.

712 days ago
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Jenn    

Nice to see them keeping it civil for the kids. Way to go guys!

712 days ago
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ohreally    

Who is this, and why should we care?

712 days ago
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Concerned    

Something is very odd about the stories coming out if you compare them to comments that Adrienne and Paul made over the Taylor and Russell abuse stories. TMZ how about showIng clips and comparing them to the allegations of abuse being made now? Something just doesn't add up here.

712 days ago
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christy    

Dirty lying sneaky bitch! Didn't see anything! Paying others to say they did! Didn't tell Paul or his lawyer about filing! She's sound like a great mom! Real piece of work! Evil!

712 days ago
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christy    

Dirty lying sneaky bitch! Didn't see anything! Paying others to say they did! Did tell Paul or his lawyer about filing! That doesn't sound set up! Lol

712 days ago
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DaveT    

If the choking accusations are true, then he shouldn't have custody for now, maybe not ever depending, and if the past accusations against her are true, neither should she.
But:
1) If she witnessed her kids being choked and thrown around and abused in the past, why didn't she get them away from him? Why stay and only bring it up now...when she wants custody.
2) If a DEA agent friend witnessed an adult man choking a little kid...why didn't the agent step in and stop him? Or turn him in to police? Call child protective services? Why only say something now...when she wants custody.
3) If a chef witnessed him abusing a dog, why didn't the chef call police? Animal control? Why only say something now...when she wants custody.
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Does Adrienne have the kind of money to pay a friend and a chef to lie for her? Could she easily fork over, say, $20,000 each to them?
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Maybe Paul's guilty of child abuse...or maybe he's innocent and Adrienne is the abuser and twisting things and paying people off.

712 days ago
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