Brody Dalle Pleads Not Guilty to Contempt Charge Amid Custody Battle with Josh Homme
The Distillers founder has three children with the Queens of the Stone Age frontman
Published Oct 14, 2021In an ongoing legal dispute, Distillers bandleader Brody Dalle has pleaded not guilty to ex-husband Josh Homme's accusations of her having violating their October 2020 custody agreement.
The Queens of the Stone Age frontman claims Dalle hasn't allowed him to see their children since August 26, and he reportedly wants to see her face legal consequences — fines, community service or even jail time — for keeping the children from him.
Meanwhile, Dalle has accused Homme of verbal harassment and domestic violence, saying that he's a danger to all three kids.
As Rolling Stone reports, a hearing took place yesterday (October 13) in Los Angeles, where judge Lawrence Riff said he would likely instate around-the-clock monitoring in each of the parents' homes beginning on Friday (October 15) — when their two sons, aged five and 10, are due to return to Homme's care as his custodial time resumes.
The two musicians' 15-year-old daughter was previously granted a restraining order that prevents her father from contacting her, while judges denied the petitions Dalle filed on behalf of her sons.
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The boys' restraining orders were not granted on an emergency basis, but they will be addressed in future hearings. Dalle detailed allegations that Homme has grabbed the boys inappropriately, thrown objects at them, taunted them verbally and physically, and has driven drunk with them in the car.
"[Dalle's] pleadings speak for themselves in the sense that she's expressed how the children feel," Dalle's lawyer Doreen Olson said after the proceedings. "We just want the children to be healthy. We want the children to be helped."
Dalle added: "That's all I'm asking for — that my kids are safe. We have to protect kids. We should always protect kids."
Homme also gave a brief statement, saying: "The hardest job in the world is to be a mom, but dads are important too. I'd wade through anything for my kids; even this."
A follow-up hearing will take place on Friday morning.