Comedian Aries Spears has relinquished custody of his young son following an alleged bust-up with his estranged wife.
The funnyman, a former regular on U.S. sketch show MADtv, has agreed to give his former partner Elisa Larregui full physical and legal custody of their three-year-old son after allegedly threatening her with a baseball bat during a domestic dispute last month (Feb13).
Larregui sought a restraining order against Aries on 11 February (13), claiming he swung a bat at her and accusing him of being a verbally abusive parent.
Spears has now agreed to stay at least 100 yards (91.4 meters) from Elisa and their son, and will also pay for them to move to Florida.
The star's lawyer tells Tmz.com, "The family is mending and for the moment, they have chosen to place some distance between themselves. Aries and Elisa have been communicating peaceably and have worked things out between themselves. Aries looks forward to spending quality time with his son."
Larregui's complaint was lodged just four days after she filed for divorce from Spears, citing irreconcilable differences as the cause for the split.
The couple wed in December 2010.
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