Former American Idol Host Brian Dunkleman Nasty Child Custody Case

AMERICAN IDOL: Host Ryan Seacrest and special guest Brian Dunkleman open the AMERICAN IDOL Finale airing Thursday, April 7 (8:00-10:06 PM ET Live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. © 2016 FOX Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Back in the limelight for only a few weeks since he appeared on the American Idol series finale, former host, Brian Dunkleman is the subject of salacious TMZ gossip! Apparently he’s embroiled in a nasty child custody battle with his wife of nine years. From TMZ

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Dunkleman says his wife, Kalea, is an alcoholic who is so out of control she poses a danger to himself and their 3-year-old son, Jackson. He says she has drunkenly punched him in the face and is now involved with a cartel drug dealer she met in rehab.

The former American Idol host says he was so fearful he took Jackson to New York last month, went to court and got an order giving him temporary physical custody, pending a hearing.

For her part, Kalea says it’s Brian who’s the abuser. She says he has picked her up and thrown her against a wall in front of their son and has verbally abused her, calling her a c***, an abomination and a useless b****. And she says he’s so abusive he once locked her out of the house and made her pee outside while he smirked at her.

She admits she’s had alcohol problems — she says drinking was part of her job as a publicist for big chefs like Wolfgang Puck, but she insists she’s now on the straight and narrow.

The couple were married in 2007.

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  1. Disgusting accusations on both parts. I wonder if this only came up because of Idol giving him some air.

  2. “she says drinking was part of her job as a publicist for big chefs like Wolfgang Puck”

    OK. She just lost any credibility with me with this nonsense. Regardless, I feel so badly for the child.

  3. Sadly, drinking as a perceived part of a job does happen. Now I’m an alcoholic and can’t drink. But she loses no credibility with me for thinking she needed to as part of her job. While she admitted to drinking, she ever admitted to being drunk.

  4. He said, she said…meanwhile, a child is in the middle who will suffer.

  5. If she in facts drinks as he says he probably has been attacked by her. She’s maki g excuses for drinking so he likely needs to get the child out of that environment.

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  7. sadly when addiction is a factor in these stories, there ends up being a bit of truth in both sides. Partners pushed to the breaking point by the other whose addiction causes erratic, irrational sometimes violent behaviour. The worst part is the child caught in the middle.

  8. Sounds like there needs to be family therapy if both parents want what’s best for their little one. Even children this young can pick up on the negative vibes and verbal abuses. I hope they can work it out.

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