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Tameka Raymond was raked over the social media coals yesterday, after reports emerged that she wanted to continue with her custody battle against Usher.  The R&B star filed documents to delay the hearing in light of the tragic death of Tameka’s other son, Kile Glover, but the 43-year-old wants to go forward as planned, and allegedly called his sympathy over her loss “bogus” as he did not attend the child’s funeral, and only visited him the in the hospital once.

In a statement released to Bossip, Tameka explained (null of any public relations representative or a “team”) her side of the story. Opening the statement expressing her “sincere gratitude” to the public for their well-wishes as she mourns the loss of her child, the mother of five detailed her reasoning for not postponing the hearing, scheduled for later in the month.

Sadly, I remain in the unfortunate position of having to respond to and attend court proceedings that were not initiated or begun by me. I did not file this custody case (January 2011) and was content with the ‘joint custody’ arrangement that we share.  Most importantly, nor do I wish to appear in court while I am mourning the loss of my son. But I do not want to delay thus prolong these proceedings either; I’d rather continue this arduous process hoping it will help move me through this most difficult period in my life.  People seem to be privy to only my filed responses as ‘Defendant’ to the initiation of this case (Jan 4, 2011), when I have only been defending myself and protecting the best interests of my children through my counsel. I cannot control how the media reports are written/slanted/spun or even how court documents may be manipulated in their attribution of certain statements as if they are direct “quotes” from me- yet I can control what I actually say myself.

This may sound really cliché but you must NOT believe everything you read or hear and never judge… especially without solid facts and always, but always consider the source. Discernment is key. My boys are my entire world and I will fight tooth and nail to keep all of my sons together as a family, I pray for a swift, peaceful resolution so that we all can move forward.

Usher and Tameka have been enthralled in a heated disagreement over the custody of their two young sons for some time now, with each party publicly absolving themselves of any wrong doing. For her part, Tameka has used Twitter to blast Usher, while the music superstar has used Facebook to paint her as heartless, by posting a photo of him looking somber while she smiled in the corner.

Both parties are scheduled to appear in court Aug. 13.


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