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Steve Harvey

Cleared of Horrendous Child Abuse Allegations

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

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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Survey says...

277 days ago


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

277 days ago


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

277 days ago


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

277 days ago

Yurra Knutz    

He paddled his ass.
Where the clearing at?

277 days ago

thang9tiep !! hey

277 days ago


Sounds like the kid needed a spanking.

277 days ago


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.

277 days ago


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

277 days ago


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

277 days ago


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.

277 days ago


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.

277 days ago


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.

277 days ago

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

277 days ago


If I remember correctly, this case cane from his ex wife trying to extort money because she didn't like her prenup settlement. Steve Harvey decided instead to take it to court where was cleared of child abuse. There's more to this story than is being reported here.

277 days ago
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