Judge Lawrence Riff also appointed four round-the-clock monitors who would oversee the stars’ three children while they were with the parents.
Content Warning: This story contains discussion and description of alleged domestic violence.
A judge has ordered Brody Dale to let Josh Homme see their two sons as the former couple’s custody battle continues.
Dale had previously requested a temporary restraining order from Homme for the boys, Wolf (5) and Orin (10), claiming they were afraid he would hurt them. In the filing, it was claimed that the Queens of the Stone Age frontman “abused him physically and emotionally, beats his ears, made threats against his mother.” [and her boyfriend] and groping the private parts of boys”.
A judge denied the request. Homme’s attorney, Susan Weisner, said Dale’s claims were “clearly false.”
On Friday (October 15), Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Lawrence Riff ruled that Homme be allowed to see his sons again. He also appointed four monitors round the clock who would monitor the children of the ex-husband and wife with one of their parents every hour for the next 30 days.
According to court records, Homme last saw his sons on August 26. In late September, he was allowed 15-minute FaceTime calls with him every other day.
The separated couple’s daughter, Camille, will also be under surveillance, despite requests last month for a temporary restraining order against her father. The cost of the monitor – which is estimated to start at $1,000 (£729) a day – will be split by Dell and Homme.
“It’s clear to me that you need a monitor,” Judge Riff said at the hearing, which was attended by both musicians. “Some or all of you may disagree on that, but I think you do.”
talking to Rolling stone Two days before the verdict, Dale said: “All I’m asking is that my kids are safe. We have to protect the children. We should always protect the children.”
In her own statement to the publication, Homme said: “Being a mom is the hardest thing in the world, but dads are important too. I would do anything for my kids, even this one.”
On Thursday (October 14), Dell pleaded not guilty to contempt in the ongoing custody case. Homme accused them of violating the same custody agreement reached in October 2020 and allegedly “isolating” them from their children by not allowing them to see them.
On 3 September, he claimed that his ex-wife had violated their agreement by not leaving their children in his care as planned.
If you have been affected by domestic violence in the UK, you can contact Refuge’s freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. In the US, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline on 1800 799 7233.