Gospel singer Bebe Winans, his son Benjamin,11, and daughter Miya,14, attended BET’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Of Gospel on December 12, 2009.
In related news, a Nashville judge has dismissed a domestic violence charge that was filed against the singer earlier this year. In February of this year, Bebe’s former wife Debra Winans accused him of physical abuse relating to “custody issues dealing with their children”
“This has been a trying year, beginning with the death of my father. Even though this allegation has affected not just me, but also the entire Winans family, my children and certain aspects of my career, I chose to stay quiet because I knew the truth,” Bebe said following his exoneration. “To be exonerated of all charges shows the power of trusting in God, and is a wonderful Christmas gift for me and my children.”
“This situation has made me a changed man,” he added. “But it has also helped me see that there needs to be legislation that protects the rights of fathers when it comes to the custody of their children. All men are not deadbeat dads, all men are not abusing women. And it’s unfortunate that the legal system and society assume the worst before they hear the truth. My children are my first priority and I want and need to become the voice for the men around the world who are doing the RIGHT thing! (Source)”
Following Bebe’s dismissal, Debra had this to say:
“First of all, dismissal doesn’t mean absence of guilt and neither does it mean he was exonerated from his actions. But this was dismissed because of the psychologist. He had two sessions, not 10, but only two sessions with him. Not 30 days, but two sessions. He said BeBe showed no domestic violence behavior. But my response to the District Attorney is neither did the man who killed all the people at Fort Hood. They did a psychology analysis on him as well and he showed no signs of domestic violence. But the proof of the matter is that he did it. BeBe is in the wrong business, he needs to be an actor because he’s good at what he does!”
Debra also claims that the singer has limited contact with his children and has not been in his kids’ lives.
“Benjamin’s birthday was December 1. Ask me if he received a card or call from his father. No! I don’t care if he was out the country, I don’t care where he was. You don’t have to talk to me, but that’s why they have text message and emails. But he didn’t even think it was important enough. I always make their birthdays a big deal. But before he closed his eyes that night, he said to me, ‘Daddy didn’t even call me to say Happy Birthday.’ Miya had a concert at school and she looked at me and said, ‘He promised me he was going to be here. But why am I trippin’, he’s only been to one thing I’ve ever done and that was only to pick me up,'” she shared. Click here to read more