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Steve Harvey cleared of child abuse charges, ex-wife in jail

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Comedian Steve Harvey has been cleared of child abuse charges and his ex-wife has been thrown in jail, according to TMZ.

Harvey had been accused of brutally beating his son.

News One says the allegations were brought forth by his ex-wife, Mary, and the couple's son in 2008, when the boy was 11.

TMZ obtained a police report that detailed the allegations.

Mary claims Steve got a phone call from the boy's school informing him his son lied about turning in homework. According to the kid, Steve hit him with a belt and then a paddle board -- the kind used for hazing in fraternities.

According to the police report, cops took photos of the boy'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.

A rep for the "Family Feud" host says the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services concluded the child does not appear to be at risk, and that the case is closed without further investigation.

According to News One, Steve and Mary divorced in 2005 after 16 years of marriage, and the two continue to battle in court for the custody of their son, who is now 16.

The divorce case is sealed and under a gag order, but Mary was arrested Thursday and held in contempt of court for allegedly leaking sealed information from that order to the media.

Harvey's ex-wife's release date is Jan. 17, 2014, and the "Think Like a Man" actor has custody of the son in the meantime.

Us Weekly says Harvey is now married to a third wife, Marjorie Bridges, and that he has three adult children with his first wife, Marcia Harvey.

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