Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme has issued a statement that serves as an update on the ongoing custody battle with ex-wife and Distillers singer Brody Dalle. In it, Homme reveals that he has been awarded sole custody of the couple’s three children and describes the events leading up to the decision in the case.
News of a split between the two musicians first surfaced in 2019 when Dalle filed for legal separation from Homme. Things took a turn in 2021, however, when Homme’s sons reportedly filed a restraining order against their father. But as Homme reveals in his statement, the injunctions were revealed in court cases to be the work of Dalle’s friend Gunner Foxx, who allegedly drafted and filed the documents and forged Dalle’s name.
In December 2021, Dalle was sentenced to community service after violating the terms of a court-ordered custody visit to Homme with his then 5-year-old son.
According to Homme, the Queens of the Stone Age singer was awarded sole custody of all three of the couple’s children by Los Angeles Family Court in March 2022. Another full custody hearing will be held this fall and the court will determine a more permanent solution to the children’s upbringing.
At her 2022 trial, Dalle testified that Homme “scared her,” adding that the musician once headbutted her so hard that she “saw stars.” This was in connection with an incident that allegedly happened at the couple’s home in 2019. Meanwhile, Foxx had claimed that Homme verbally threatened him at his workplace in December 2021.
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The statement also revealed that Dalle and Foxx’s recent actions have caused “emotional damage” to their children and left them “in grave danger.” This led to further action by the Los Angeles Family Court, which on March 16 ordered a permanent restraining order against Brody Dalle for a period of 1 year and 11 months. This domestic violence restraining order was granted for the protection of (and on behalf of) the Homme family, including Joshua, his three children, and Joshua’s parents, Michael and Irene Homme.
Homme’s statement said all allegations against him by Dalle and Foxx, or on behalf of their children, have been repeatedly investigated by local law enforcement, the Los Angeles DCFS and the Los Angeles County Courts. The children were now represented by their own court-appointed counsel. After court surveillance of both households, Homme was awarded custody.
The statement made on behalf of Josh Homme can be read in full below.
Out of respect and concern for his minor children and their well-being, Joshua Homme has so far refrained from making public statements about his family to the media. With the continued untruths, repeated invasions of children’s privacy, and resulting emotional damage, it’s time to tell the truth. We hope this will end the inquiries and speculation and give the family the privacy and consideration they deserve.
More than a year after completing their divorce proceedings, Joshua Homme and Brody Dalle have been able to amicably raise their three children together in a healthy and functional manner. The situation took a dark turn when Dalle broke the 50/50 custody agreement by refusing the children to see their father. Despite multiple orders from the Los Angeles Family Court to return the children and court contempt, Dalle continued to violate the custody agreement. The situation was aggravated by the inappropriate actions of her boyfriend, Gunner Foxx.
In March 2022, the Los Angeles Family Court awarded Joshua Homme sole custody of all three children, and they are currently being cared for by their father and paternal grandparents. Dalle, meanwhile, has been granted a supervised visit with her youngest child. Joshua Homme will remain the sole legal guardian of all minor children until a custody hearing in the fall of 2023. At that point, the Los Angeles Family Court will find a more permanent solution.
The recent actions of Brody Dalle and Gunner Foxx have not only caused emotional damage to the children, but also placed them in grave danger. As a result of these actions, on March 16, 2023, the Los Angeles Family Court ordered a permanent restraining order against Brody Dalle for a period of 1 year and 11 months. This domestic violence restraining order was granted for the protection of (and on behalf of) the Homme family, including Joshua, his three children, and Joshua’s parents, Michael and Irene Homme.
In the fall of 2021, it was reported that Homme’s sons had filed a restraining order against their father and that it was signed by their mother. It has since been revealed in court proceedings that this restraining order was drafted and filed by Gunner Foxx, who forged Dalle’s signature on the document. Dalle later testified in court that she knew at the time that Foxx had forged her signature, but did nothing to correct the record legally or in the media.
In August 2022, Joshua Homme and his two sons were granted a restraining order protecting them from Gunner Foxx and preventing him from making any contact with them for a period of five years. Foxx’s motions for a restraining order against Homme were denied by two separate courts.
It was reported that Homme’s daughter obtained a restraining order against him. This was also filed by Gunner Foxx, who brought the minor child to court without either of her parents present. Before the hearing on the matter – at the request of the child and through his own counsel – the order was lifted.
All allegations made against Joshua Homme by Brody Dalle and Gunner Foxx or on behalf of the Homme children have been repeatedly investigated by local law enforcement, the Los Angeles DCFS and the Los Angeles County Courts. In addition, the children are represented and their best interests are assured by their own court-appointed counsel, DCFS and the Los Angeles court system. After that investigation, plus a court-ordered 24-hour surveillance (over many months on both parents), the Los Angeles Family Court ruled that it was in the children’s best interests to remain in the care of their father.
The Homme family is grateful to the Los Angeles County courts, juvenile attorneys, local law enforcement agencies, DCFS and court-appointed observers for their time and continued attention and care. The goal of the Los Angeles family court system, and Joshua Homme’s sincere hope, is that the resolution of this matter will result in both Homme and Dalle being able to peacefully raise their children together.
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