Gospel singer James Fortune, who has had received two Grammy Gospel nominations, was back in Fort Bend County court Wednesday to seek permission to see his four children. He's currently out on $20,000 bond.
The Grammy-nominated singer was charged with aggravated assault family violence in October. Allegedly, Fortune beat his wife violently with a barstool. Unfortunately it is not the first time the choir director was accused of domestic violence. Twelve years ago, Fortune pleaded guilty to punishing his 4-year-old stepson by putting him in boiling hot water. This time around, according to Attorney Toni Jones, he beat his wife, Cheryl Fortune.
Fortune hasn't been allowed contact with his children since the alleged incident happened.
Fortune's wife Cheryl, the alleged victim, testified on his behalf. She told the judge that the kids were present when the alleged incident occurred, but were not harmed. She also said she believes it's in the best interest of the children for them to have visitation with their father.
Judge Hawkins granted Fortune's request. He will be allowed to visit the children with members of his wife's family present only.
Neither police, prosecutors, or Fortune's attorney have confirmed what he allegedly did to his wife to lead to the charge.