Tameka Raymond, Usher’s ex-wife, has accused the singer of feigning grief over the sudden death of her son Kile Glover in a bid to win sympathy in their bitter custody battle.
Tameka Raymond slams Usher in newly-filed court documents, claiming he visited his former stepson, Kile Glover, in hospital only once before the 11-year-old was taken off life support.
According to TMZ, Tameka Raymond is asking the judge to deny her ex’s request to delay their next custody hearing, claiming he is only pretending to need the extra time to mourn Kile Glover’s death.
Usher, real name Usher Terry Raymond IV, and fashion stylist Tameka Raymond, who divorced in 2009 after two years of marriage, are currently fighting for custody of their two sons, Usher Raymond V, 4, and Naviyd, 3.
According to TMZ, Usher, 33, requested their August 13 hearing be delayed, claiming heading to court “in the immediate wake of this tragedy” would cause “unnecessary stress and strain” for all parties involved.
He also fears the court might rule against him in the case in favor of a grieving mother, according to the website.
But Tameka has scoffed at the request in subsequent filings, claiming Usher’s attempt to delay the hearing is “simply a transparent sham”, calling his feelings for Kile “bogus”, reports suggest.
The grieving mother claims Usher “visited Kile in the hospital only once” in the 15 days he was on life support following a freak boating accident last month.
Tameka Raymond also claims Usher refused to tweet a message asking followers to “please pray for Kile”, instead opting to tweet a photo of his breakfast.
She asks the judge to move forward with the hearing as scheduled, and claims it will help her to move on from the tragedy, TMZ reports.
Kile Glover, Tameka Raymond’s son with Atlanta-based clothier Ryan Glover, was struck in the head during a jet ski collision while riding an inner tube on Lake Lanier in Atlanta, Georgia on July 6.
According to authorities, a family friend who was riding a jet ski behind the pontoon lost control and collided with Kile Glover’s tube.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Kile Glover was with an unidentified 15-year-old girl at the time and both children were airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.
He was later declared brain dead.
Kile Glover was taken off life support by doctors, who determined that he would not recover from his injuries, two weeks after the accident.
Tameka Raymond subsequently led mourners at his funeral, held in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 27.
Tameka Raymond and Usher’s sons are both believed to have been present at the service.