Usher and Tameka Foster (Getty Images)
Things are getting ugly between Usher and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster.
Foster, mother to Usher's only two children, filed a motion on Tuesday for an emergency hearing to gain custody of their sons.
According to papers filed in the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, the hearing will take place on Friday, August 9, at 2 p.m. ET. Tameka is asking for temporary custody while she waits for a final hearing on being awarded permanent physical custody.
Usher was awarded primary physical custody of their sons, Usher Raymond V, 5, and Naviyd Ely Raymond, 4, on August 24, 2012.
Tameka claims that Usher Raymond V suffered a "near-death" accident while left unsupervised in a swimming pool at the singer's home on Tuesday. She adds that Usher, 34, left the boys with a relative, a move that is "typical" for him.
Foster also notes Usher can't appropriately care for the boys since he isn't home 85% of the time because he travels "extensively" to New York City and L.A. for "The Voice" and to Panama for a new movie he's filming. In fact, she claims that he leaves their children with third parties too often, and that he's fired all the previous caregivers since winning custody last year.
She claims that Usher has told her that he "would rather the nanny raise the children," and that he doesn't allow her additional parenting time when she asks.
On Wednesday afternoon, Tameka tweeted that her son was doing better:
Tameka and Usher became romantically involved in 2006 after he hired her as a stylist. They married in 2007 and divorced in 2009. In 2012, her oldest child from a previous marriage, Kile Glover, died at age 11 from injuries sustained in a boating accident involving a family friend. Foster has two other children from a previous marriage.
In September 2012, Usher opened up to Oprah Winfrey for the first time about his relationship with Tameka and the pain they went through following Kile's death in an intimate interview for her OWN network. "I really felt like we were friends. She made us enemies in a way that I could never understand," he told Oprah at the time, adding that he takes his parenting duties very seriously. "I've had to temper my life to be there for my children."
Back in February, a brouhaha surfaced regarding whether or not the judge who awarded custody to Usher of his two kids had exercised bias due to her relationship with the singer's high-profile lawyer. Usher's attorney, John Mayoue, had donated money to Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane's 2008 election campaign. Lane later recused herself from Usher's custody case in December 2012.
When reached for comment, Usher's spokesperson issued the following statement on behalf of the singer: "I am blessed and fortunate to say that my son Usher V is doing well and is recovering. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers, love and support for my family’s well-being. I would like to thank my Aunt Rena as well as the doctors and nurses who are working with us around the clock. I would especially like to thank the two men who saved my son's life, Eugene Stachurski and Ben Crews. They are true heroes and I am deeply grateful to them."
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