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Usher's ex asks for custody hearing

Usher's ex-wife has asked for an emergency custody hearing after one of the couple's sons nearly drowned in a pool at the singer's Atlanta home.

A lawyer for Tameka Foster Raymond filed the request in court on Tuesday (August 6).

It said the boy "suffered a near-death accident" while left unsupervised.

A judge has set a hearing for Friday.

Atlanta police have said five-year-old Usher Raymond V fell to the bottom of pool on Monday and became stuck in the drain. A housekeeper tried unsuccessfully to free him. A contractor doing work at the home pulled the boy from the pool and performed CPR.

Police said the boy was "conscious, alert and breathing" when paramedics arrived. He was in a hospital intensive-care unit being treated for his injuries, Tameka Raymond's court filing said.

Usher Raymond V is one of two sons of the former couple, who divorced two years after getting married in 2007. The singer went through a long legal fight with his ex-wife and was awarded primary custody of his two sons last year.

A lawyer who has previously represented Usher in the custody dispute did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment, and her office said she was scheduled to be in court all week.

The near drowning of the singer's son comes nearly a year after Tameka Raymond's 11-year-old son, Kile Glover, died after being critically injured in a boating accident. The boy, who was the stepson of Usher, was run over by a personal watercraft.

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