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Steve Harvey cleared of child abuse charges: Ex-wife jailed

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According to TMZ on Dec. 20, Steve Harvey has been cleared of child abuse charges. Harvey's second ex-wife and mother of Harvey's 16-year-old son, Wynton claimed Harvey brutally beat the boy when he was 11 years old.

According to the police report, Mary Lee Shackelford reported that Harvey beat their son with a belt and a paddle. The allegation was that Harvey got a phone call from Wynton's school informing him his son lied about turning in homework.

The police took photos of Wynton's injuries, showing bruises on his buttocks and right thigh, as well as cuts on his leg. The police report says the boy told cops the beating was so brutal he had trouble urinating for days.

The matter was then referred to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Harvey's representative tells TMZ the Department concluded, "Based on the information obtained, the child does not appear to be at risk ... the case is closed without further investigation."

Therefore, the 56-year-old actor, comedian, author and daytime talk show host was cleared of all charges on Dec. 19, according to TMZ.

Harvey's lawyer wrote a letter for Shackelford to sign acknowledging that she made up the allegation that the star hurt their son with a belt and paddle.

Although Shackelford refused to sign the note, authorities did eventually clear Harvey's name, and dropped the child abuse allegation.

However a judge found Shackelford in contempt on Dec. 19 and sent her to jail for leaking sealed information about the alleged incident to the media. The judge believed she violated the protective order in the case and sentenced her to 30 days in jail.

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