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Steve Harvey

Cleared of Horrendous Child Abuse Allegations

12/20/2013 3:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Steve Harvey
 was accused by his ex-wife and 11-year-old son of brutally beating the boy ... but Harvey's rep tells TMZ the comedian has been cleared.

A judge found Mary Harvey in contempt Thursday and sent her to jail for leaking sealed information about the alleged incident to the media. 

As for the incident ... according to a police report -- obtained by TMZ -- Mary claims Steve got a phone call from the boy's school informing him his son lied about turning in homework.  According to the kid, Steve hit him with a belt and then a paddle board -- the kind used for hazing in fraternities.

According to the police report ... cops took photos of the boy's injuries, showing bruises on his buttocks and right thigh, as well as cuts on his leg.  The police report says the boy told cops, the beating was so brutal he had trouble urinating for days. 

The matter was then referred to the Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Services.  Steve's rep tells TMZ, the Dept. concluded, "Based on the information obtained, the child does not appear to be at risk ... the case is closed without further investigation."

Mary believes that it's all a cover-up, and she's been on a campaign for several years to expose him.  But yesterday the judge had enough and felt she violated the protective order in the case and threw her in jail for 30 days.

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Celeb Gossip Addict    

Ok I had to get the real story elsewhere. This story is totally misleading. Steve's son is not 11. He's a teenager. TMZ neglected to tell us what an alleged beating that took place years ago had to do with this case. The fact is that Steve's crazy ex-wife continues to slander him year after year despite numerous warnings. The judge finally threw her in jail for it. That's it. The child is old enough now that if he were in danger he could speak out. If he wanted to live with his mother he is old enough to say that and have his wishes taken into consideration by the court.

222 days ago
62.

CremeBrulee    

Survey says...

222 days ago
63.

sr    

I respect Steve Harvey if he did discipline his child. Its better u hit ur child vs the police hit ur child.

222 days ago
64.

Bella29    

She is not crazy for wanting to protect her kid something happened and if he did it that is not ok

222 days ago
65.

Susanlsmith    

I'm sure he beat the child. He looks like a hot head. He's not fooling anyone with his phony nice guy act

222 days ago
66.

Yurra Knutz    

He paddled his ass.
Sooo...
Where the clearing at?

222 days ago
67.

thang9tiep    

http://idvtc.info !! hey

222 days ago
68.

jay26mc    

Sounds like the kid needed a spanking.

222 days ago
69.

marmar    

Hey young one I did say he send his kid's to the hospital I just say is bad to hit then and send then to the hospital.

222 days ago
70.

bunny    

I think discipline is good spanking wise but this sounds way out of the line he couldn't pee right for days that's ****ed up! Steve is a big ass man he shouldn't be beating his child with anything his hand is quit large and GOOD ENOUGH and how messed up the judge threw his wife in jail for THIRTY days that's crazy prostitutes and druggies get less time

222 days ago
71.

Machelle    

He may not be a child abuser but he's also not funny or remotely talented.

222 days ago
72.

Flox    

Oh, this is really disgusting. I enjoyed the Steve Harvey Show, but never again. A little 11yr old. How does one get off beating a little 11yr old like that? Don't care what the court says, that's vile abuse.

My Dad, as tough as they come in life, never got over the beatings he endured as a child. It's like a black cloud that never leaves.

I've never hit or even yelled at a child, ever. You have to control yourself in order to teach your child.

222 days ago
73.

D.Tidrow    

Sounds like his wife is still bitter over the divorce and trying to get revenge by tarnishing his image. Sounds like the kid got a good old fashion a s s whooping and is crying foul with mom.

222 days ago
74.

Jan     

He was cleared of abuse charges. I think it's more wise to believe the court system than some scorned ex wife. That spanking just may save that child's life.

222 days ago
75.

Aunty M    

How sad I will not watch anything with Steve again if there was marks that the police was taking and the boy said who did it than Steve should go to jail

222 days ago
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