Brody Dalle sentenced to 60 hours of community service for contempt

Distillers founder Brody Dalle defended herself in a speech to a judge on Tuesday before sentencing her to 60 hours of community service and a $ 1,000 fine for her conviction for criminal contempt in her battle for custody of her children with Queens of the Stone Age singer Josh Homme.

The sentence handed down by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Lawrence Riff followed after Homme and his attorneys, who have requested the misdemeanor charges, asked for a harsher sentence of five days in jail that would be ” suspended ”and canceled if it completed 120 hours of community. work, such as cleaning highways or removing graffiti, as opposed to community service at a non-profit organization.

“I am relieved by the court decision. I don’t think anyone should go to jail or pick up trash for protecting their children, ”Dalle said. Rolling stone after the hearing. “As a mother, I will always put my children first and protect them at all costs. “

In her comments to Judge Riff before sentencing, she said she accepted Dalle and complied with the court’s finding that she “willfully” failed to deliver her five-year-old son to Male in early September in violation. of a court order. She was acquitted of a similar charge linked to the couple’s eldest son after Judge Riff found that the 10-year-old boy decided on his own that he did not want to see his father. The couple’s 15-year-old daughter has not been tried for contempt after receiving a temporary restraining order against her father in September.

“I did not hold our children. Our children have testified to it. Our children have testified to the abuse they suffered from their father and the reasons why they refused to go and continue to refuse to go, ”Dalle said in his court statement on Tuesday.

She told Male himself “testified to calling me a jerk, a cow, and telling me to ‘Fuck you forever.” Does that sound like a person wanting to do the right thing through our children? He took no responsibility for his words and actions and the effect they had on our children.

In his statement to court on Tuesday, Homme said he was “ready to take responsibility for what I do,” but he wanted “justice” and “a set of rules for both parties. “I suffered a lot from parental alienation in a short period of time,” Male told Judge Riff. “This family is in grave danger and so fractured and torn. All I want to do is see my kids. I want my mother to see her grandchildren. I want my dad to see his grandchildren ”.

Dalle challenged the charge of “parental alienation”, calling it “a strategy used by abusers in family court to relieve the abuser of responsibility and place it on the victims.” She said the breakup of their co-parenting had left her “deeply saddened”.

As he handed down his sentence on Tuesday, Judge Riff urged both parents to find common ground to resolve their co-parenting issues. “What I’m hearing, I hope, is that (both sides) want the same thing. They want a healed family with three very adorable children who need the help of two loving parents. Both sides want this, ”Riff said.

Dalle, 42, filed for divorce from Male, 48, in 2019 amid allegations he “headbutted” his “advanced state of intoxication.” They entered into a shared custody agreement for their three children in October 2020, but new allegations of misconduct and allegations of dueling domestic violence resurfaced over the summer.

The parties are back in court due Dec. 3 to determine where her Dalle community service requirement will fulfill. future hearings will focus on the remaining domestic violence charges and the requested revisions to the couple’s 50-50 custody arrangement. Court-appointed monitors have been hired to monitor each parent’s custody time since male visits with his five-year-old son resumed in mid-October.

Jill E. Washington