“Basketball Wives” Miami star Royce Reed has accused the judge in her custody battle with Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard of having a conflict of interest and bias against her, reports TMZ. Royce Reed is battling Dwight in court in an effort to retain primary custody of their son. Dwight filed docs earlier this month to try and wrangle custody from her … claiming she interferes with his relationship with their son and makes it difficult for him to see the boy on his scheduled days.
Reed and Howard have been locked in a contentious battle over their son, Braylon, with Howard saying that Reed is making it difficult for him to see the child. In a strange turn of events, Howard sued Reed for over $500,000 last year after she violated a court order that prohibited her from mentioning his name in the media — specifically on BBW. Reed allegedly ignored the order and had quite a few negative things to say about her child’s father on Twitter, which lead to him to seize her assets, including freezing bank accounts and taking away her car.
Reed also violated the clause that ordered her not to place their son in the spotlight when she posted a picture of Braylon and her boyfriend, Dezmon Briscoe of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in bed sleeping.
None of that is important to Reed at this point — who has been remarkably drama free so far during Season 4 of BBW — as she makes the accusation that Judge Tim Shea should be removed from the case because she believes that he takes issue with women who have children out of wedlock with professional athletes, reports TMZ.
The former Orlando Magic dancer has filed a motion fearfully making the request that Shea be removed:
I am afraid if Judge Shea continues to preside over this case, I will lose custody of my son.”
She goes on to make additional disturbing accusations against Shea:
Reed claims Shea wouldn’t let her present her side during a court hearing last month. Reed’s lawyer also filed an affidavit saying that during the hearing, Judge Shea said he would award Howard custody, then decided to delay his decision … despite the fact no evidence had been presented.
Even more telling, one of Howard’s lawyers, Mayanne Downs, is listed as an endorser of Shea’s on his website.
A hearing on the matter has been set for later this month.
Does this seem like a fair trial?