Wed, 26 Dec 2012 15:00:00 GMT | By Kevin Ritchie
Music scandals of 2012

Usher’s tumultuous child custody trial

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A bitter child custody dispute between R&B heartthrob Usher and his ex-wife Tameka Foster dredged up a host of nasty allegations that caused the star to break down in tears on the witness stand. Last spring the “Climax” singer fended off charges he was a neglectful, absentee father and philandering husband with counter claims that his ex was an emotionally unstable mother. However, the case took a backseat when Usher’s  11-year-old stepson was left brain dead and later died following a jetski accident. The ordeal reached its climax with the judge awarding the star full custody and concluded with the obligatory tell-all Oprah interview.