Usher wins custody, ending legal battle
Grammy-winning R&B singer Usher was awarded custody on Friday of his two sons, ending a long legal fight with his ex-wife.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane ruled that the 33-year-old singer will have primary custody of Usher Raymond IV and Naviyd Ely Raymond, according to court clerk’s office spokeswoman Cherrise Boone. His custody will start Sept. 1.
Boone said Usher and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster Raymond, will have joint legal custody.
In May, Usher testified that Tameka Raymond spit at and tried to fight his girlfriend during one visit and that his ex-wife hit him during the dispute. He said he didn’t press charges because “I didn’t want the boys to know that their father put their mother in jail.”
Travis runs afoul of law again
Police in suburban Dallas say they’re citing country star Randy Travis for simple assault after he got involved in a couple’s argument.
Plano police Officer David Tilley said Friday that a woman and her estranged husband were arguing Thursday night in a church parking lot. He says Travis apparently knows the woman and got involved.
Tilley says nobody was hurt, but Travis and another woman were ticketed for simple assault, a Class C misdemeanor similar to a parking citation.
Travis was arrested Aug. 7 in Grayson County on charges of driving while intoxicated and retaliation or obstruction, for allegedly threatening officers. He was arrested in February in Sanger for public intoxication.
Pilot from J.Lo’s company gets OK
ABC Family says it green-lighted a series pilot from Jennifer Lopez’s production company about a lesbian couple and their diverse family.
ABC Family said Thursday the comedy-drama pilot, titled “The Fosters,” is about two women raising a “21st century,” multi-ethnic mix of foster and biological kids.
Lopez will be an executive producer for the hourlong project. Casting was not announced.
Her company, Nuyorican, is in development on other TV series, including “Taming Ben Taylor,” a romantic comedy starring the actress-singer, and “Sweet Little 15,” a Mexican girl’s coming-of-age story.
The birthday bunch
Game show host Monty Hall is 91. Actor Sean Connery is 82. TV personality Regis Philbin is 81. Jazz musician Wayne Shorter is 79. Actor David Canary is 74. Rhythm-and-blues singer Walter Williams (The O’Jays) is 70. Rock singer-actor Gene Simmons is 63. Actor John Savage is 63. Rock singer Elvis Costello is 58. Movie director Tim Burton is 54. Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus is 51. Television chef Rachael Ray is 44. Model Claudia Schiffer is 42. Actor Kel Mitchell is 34. Actress Blake Lively is 25.