Usher's ex-wife Tameka Raymond is making good on her promise to fight a court order stripping her of child custody of their two children.
We broke the story ... Tameka lost an arduous custody battle last week when a judge ruled in Usher's favor, awarding him primary custody of their two young boys.
Tameka vowed to appeal the decision ... by filing a motion for new trial on grounds the judge was biased in Usher's favor.
Tameka claims the judge has a strong tie to Usher's lawyer, claiming the attorney was personally responsible for nearly half of the contributions to the judge's re-election campaign in 2008. What's more ... Tameka alleges Usher's lawyer served on the judge’s re-election campaign committee.
Tameka also insists NO evidence was presented showing she couldn't take care of her kids.
Tameka also claims there was clear evidence of Usher's "past, current, and future inability" to care for the kids.
The judge hasn't ruled on her motion.
I Will Appeal
The Custody Decision
8/26/2012 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Usher's ex-wife Tameka Raymond is PISSED over her recent loss in court and believes the ruling could be the result of a biased judge ... so she's gearing up to file an appeal, TMZ has learned.
TMZ broke the story ... Tameka lost a hard-fought custody battle on Friday when a judge ruled in Usher's favor and granted primary custody of their two young children to the singer.
But sources close to Tameka tell TMZ, she feels the ruling was unfair. We're told Tameka recently found out that Usher's lawyer's law firm threw an election fundraiser back in 2008 for the judge who presided over the trial ... and she feels that connection may have influenced the ruling.
According to the campaign contribution report for Judge Lane, the law firm that represented Usher raised $1,278 for Lane in March 2008.
Sources tell us ... Tameka is baffled by the decision because she argued in court that Usher is constantly on the road, where as she has the more stable schedule ... thus it makes no sense to give him primary custody.
We're told Tameka wants to fight the decision ASAP and is interviewing lawyers for an appeal.
We reached out to the judge for comment, but so far no word back.
Usher Raymond's Ex-Wife
LOSES CUSTODY WAR
8/24/2012 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Usher's ex-wife Tameka Raymond just lost in the former couple's bitter custody battle -- TMZ has learned, a judge has awarded Usher primary custody of their two sons.
It's a shocking development -- considering both sides were trying to strip each other of custody. Tameka felt the singer was an absentee father who was too absorbed in his career to be a good dad. She also accused him of using drugs in front of the kids.
Usher argued Tameka was inattentive and irresponsible.
The ruling marks the end of an emotional custody trial -- involving wild accusations and name-calling ... Usher even broke down at one point on the witness stand.
But today, we're told a judge sided with the singer -- awarding Usher primary custody of the ex-couple's two sons, which means the children will be spending the majority of the time with their father.
Tameka still retains some custodial rights -- but the extent to which Tameka will be able to see her kids is unclear.
Held in Contempt For
Canceling Ex's Saks Card
8/20/2012 6:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Usher just got bitch-slapped in court -- a judge has ordered him to REOPEN his ex-wife's Saks Fifth Avenue credit card in his name ... after the singer closed the account last year.
The closed Saks card was just one of Tameka Raymond's many grievances in her ongoing custody fight against Usher -- and now, the court has taken her side ... holding the singer in contempt for pulling the plug on her fancy charge account.
Tameka claims she needs the account to do her job as a stylist.
As for the other grievances -- Tameka said Usher owed her cash for the nanny bill ... and continually failed to keep her in the loop about where and when he traveled with the kids.
The court agreed ... and awarded Tameka $1,300 for the nanny.
The judge has yet to determine the ex-couple's custody and support issues.
Judge to Usher
Stepson's Death Will NOT
Delay Custody Battle
8/3/2012 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The judge in the Usher/Tameka Raymond child custody case has refused to postpone the trial because Tameka's son died -- ruling the trial will resume as scheduled later this month.
As TMZ first reported, Usher wanted to have a court date moved back because he was worried that with the recent passing of Tameka's son ... the court hearing would cause "unnecessary stress and strain" for himself, Tameka, and their two minor children.
But Tameka argued Usher was just posturing for the press and his concern was "bogus." She claimed in court papers Usher "visited Kile in the hospital only once" during his 15 days on life support.
A judge in Fulton County, GA has now ruled, saying the case will go on as planned and Usher will once again take the stand.
The trial will resume on Aug. 13 and is only expected to last a few more days.
His Sympathy for
My Dead Son is 'Bogus'
8/2/2012 8:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Usher didn't care about his ex-wife's dead son ... blew off his funeral ... and is only PRETENDING to be affected by the tragedy to court sympathy from the media and his fans ... this according to the singer's ex-wife.
Tameka Raymond's lawyer has filed new documents in the couple's bitter child custody war ... slamming Usher ... who asked the court to delay the next hearing in light of the death of Tameka's son, Kile, who was killed in a jet ski accident.
In his request, Usher claims he's worried the hearing would cause "unnecessary stress and strain" for both himself, Tameka and their two minor children "in the immediate wake of this tragedy."
Usher also claims Tameka would get an unfair advantage in the hearing because the court would not want to rule against a woman who is still grieving the death of her son. Usher fears he could lose custody of the children and believes it would be unfair to him.
But in docs of her own ... Tameka's lawyer claims Usher is full of crap ... insisting U's claims of suffering "stress and strain" are "BOGUS."
In fact, she claims Usher didn't care about her son at all in his final days -- even though Usher regarded him as a son back when they were married.
"[Usher] visited Kile in the hospital only once" during his 15 days on life support ... Tameka claims.
She also claims she had begged Usher to tweet a message about her son, "Please pray for Kile" ... but he refused. Instead, Tameka claims, Usher's next tweet was a photo of his own breakfast with the caption, "Breakfast of Champions."
In her docs, Tameka claims Usher's attempt to postpone the hearing is "simply a transparent sham" ... and asks the judge to DENY Usher's request and require him to appear at the next scheduled hearing, set for August 13.
She also claims resolving the custody battle is the only way for her to heal and move forward with her life.
Laid to Rest
7/27/2012 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Usher's 11-year-old stepson -- who tragically died last week after a jet ski accident -- has been laid to rest following his funeral today.
As we reported, Kyle Glover -- the son of Usher's ex-wife Tameka Raymond (pictured in the sunglasses) was declared brain dead following the accident earlier this month, and eventually passed away on Saturday from the injuries he sustained.
According to sources, Glover was riding in an inner tube on Georgia's Lake Lanier July 6th when he was struck in the head by a passing jet ski. He was unresponsive when taken out of the water.
Kyle's funeral was held in Atlanta this morning. He was laid to rest in a nearby cemetery.
Investigation Into Accident Continues Following His Death
7/22/2012 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The investigation into the accident that resulted in the death of Kyle Glover, stepson of R&B star Usher, is going forward ... and TMZ has learned his passing could lead to more serious charges being recommended.
As TMZ first reported, the 11-year-old passed away yesterday from the injuries suffered from a jet ski accident back on July 6.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division tells TMZ they were saddened to hear of Kyle's passing and their investigation into the accident is going forward.
According to our sources, Kyle's death could lead to more serious charges against the driver of the jet ski, Jeffrey Hubbard. We're told the Department will take into account Kyle's death when the make their recommendation to the District Attorney.
We're told the report is still coming together and there is no timetable on when the investigation will be completed.
After Jetski Accident
7/21/2012 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Usher's 11-year-old stepson has passed away this morning from injuries suffered in a tragic jetski accident in Georgia earlier this month ... TMZ has learned.
According to our sources, Tameka is understandably devastated.
Glover was injured on July 8 ... as he was riding in an inner tube that was connected to a pontoon in Lake Lanier. According to authorities, a family friend who was riding a jetski behind the pontoon lost control and collided with Glover's tube.
The accident is currently under investigation.
Family Can't Afford to Keep
Him Alive Much Longer
7/15/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Usher's ex-wife -- Tameka Raymond -- will be forced to take her 11-year-old son off life-support as early as next month, TMZ has learned, all because his insurance coverage is about to expire.
Sources close to the family tell TMZ ... Tameka has not lost hope that her son, Kyle Glover, can make a drastic recovery ... despite doctors declaring him brain dead last week following a jet ski accident. We're told she is telling friends ... she still believes in miracles.
According to our sources, Tameka can only keep Kyle on life-support as long as her insurance company agrees to pay ... otherwise she doesn't have the funds to cover the enormous hospital bills.
We're told the insurance company hasn't set a specific deadline, but they've made it clear ... they're only willing to shell out coverage for a couple months ... tops.
Our sources say that Usher -- who helped raise Kyle for several years -- has been incredibly supportive in this difficult time... but has NOT offered to pay for any medical bills. We're told Tameka does not see him as a viable financial option.
As TMZ first reported, Kyle was struck in the head by a jet ski while inner tubing on Lake Lanier -- doctors declared him brain dead days later.
Wants to SETTLE With Ex
In Wake of Jet Ski Tragedy
7/12/2012 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Usher has changed his tune and now wants to up his ante to settle his epic child support/custody war with Tameka Raymond after the jet ski accident that left his stepson Kyle brain dead ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ ... Usher spoke with Tameka over the weekend and suggested that they settle up, but he did not significantly change his offer -- 50/50 custody with a very slight increase in child support. Tameka said no way.
But apparently Usher softened after the conversation, because our sources say he met with his lawyers earlier this week and instructed them to craft a new proposal that would give Tameka "a majority" of custody, though the sources did not specify the exact breakdown. We're told Usher is also raising his child support offer "significantly."
As for Usher's motivation ... we're told he's very conscious that Tameka is suffering and it's not a good move to continue the fight under the circumstances.
We're told the offer has not been presented to Tameka yet, but our sources say she's open to a "reasonable settlement."
Calls to lawyers on both sides have not been returned.
Declared Brain Dead
7/8/2012 3:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Usher's 11-year-old stepson has been declared brain dead by doctors following the accident Friday when he was struck by a jet ski ... TMZ has learned.
According to our sources, Kyle Glover (son of Usher's estranged wife Tameka Foster) has not experienced any brain activity since he was admitted to the hospital. We're told there has been no decision yet as to whether or not to take him off life support.
Our sources say Usher arrived at the hospital last night and Tameka has not left the hospital since she got there.
As TMZ first reported, Kyle was struck in the head by a passing jet ski while riding on an inner tube on Lake Lanier in Atlanta, GA.
Investigation Into Accident Underway
7/8/2012 8:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Department of Natural Resource in Atlanta is investigating the accident that left Kyle Glover, stepson of R&B star Usher in critical condition ... an investigation which could take months to complete.
As TMZ first reported, the 11-year-old was struck in the head by a jet ski while riding in an inner tube on Lake Lanier. He was rushed to a nearby hospital and remains there in critical condition.
Robin Hill, a rep for the Department of Natural Resources (Wildlife Resources Division), tells TMZ the department's Critical Incident Response Team will recreate the accident on the lake to help determine what happened. Using special computer programs, they will attempt to figure out how fast the boats were going at the time of the accident.
Hill says that rangers have been in touch with the driver of the jet ski and remain in contact with him. Once the department completes their investigation, they will turn their recommendation over to the district attorney who would then decide whether or not to file charges.