Brazilian Custody Battle Finito: Sean and David Goldman Reunited This Morning

- By Bossip Staff

It’s been a long five years:

A Brazilian family delivered 9-year-old Sean Goldman to his American father David Goldman in Brazil on Thursday, ending a five-year custody battle.

Sean Goldman was brought into the U.S. consulate by his maternal grandmother, Silvana Bianchi, and his stepfather, Joao Paulo Lins e Silva, making it into the compound’s front door as scores of reporters and cameramen tried to get close. His biological father, David Goldman, was waiting for him inside. Sean cried as his Brazilian relatives and family lawyer tried to get him through the scrum of journalists in front of the consulate. Guards had to violently push back photographers and TV cameramen.

The boy carried his luggage and wore a gold shirt with the Brazilian flag and Olympic rings underneath. David Goldman, of Tinton Falls, N.J., won a big legal victory late Tuesday when Brazil’s chief justice upheld a lower court’s ruling that ordered Sean Goldman returned to him. The father and son were expected to fly back to David Goldman’s home within hours. The Brazilian family said Wednesday it was dropping legal challenges to rulings giving custody to David Goldman. But the New Jersey man said repeatedly that, until he was on a plane heading to the U.S. with Sean at his side, he would not feel relief.


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  • keish

    I heard about this story last year. It’s great to see that he finally got his son back. 🙂

  • super goon one

    good. nor more brazil women.

  • It's Me

    Way to go… Now this dad can sleep in peace…A father fighting for his child, now that’s what’s up…

  • Adon

    Its about time. They know they were wrong to keep that man son THAT long.

  • kapreeshus™


  • ShaSha

    Once again some unnecessary news coverage to cover up, or hide real need to know news

  • kapreeshus™

    “Once again some unnecessary news coverage to cover up, or hide real need to know news”

    I know, rite??

  • Gimmeabreak 78

    I’m glad that man didn’t give up on getting his son back. Some men *ahem* should take note on what fatherhood is really about.

  • Honeyb

    It’s about time! Unfortunately, there are a lot of cases like this where parents are kidnapping their own children from the other parent and leaving for another country. I’m glad that Brazil is acknowledging that this wasn’t right.

    …and for those questioning the validity of this story…let YOUR child come up missing and then we’ll debate how news worthy it is! Geeze…

  • Not that Michael

    If this had been a black man trying to get his son back, do you honestly think the media and the U.S. government would have gotten involved? Please.

    This whole thing is shady.

  • diamond

    I’ve been following this story for 3 years & i was one of the supporters on his website. To those who don’t know the story, let me fill u in. David took his wife to the airport thinking his wife & 4 yrs old son were leaving on a week vacation. Surprisingly the wife leaves him a voice message that she’s not returning & wants a divorce, ALL through the entire time she’s over there. To make a long story short they divorce, she remarries this big time divorce attorney in Brazil & dies when she gives birth to her second child. Mean while the step father adopts David’s son & David in the US CANNOT GET HIS SON BACK. He was fighting the step father in court for his son out in Brazil. The step father & his family REFUSED to give the boy back. Hilary Clinton got involved & a lot of other senators but was fighting this un explainable custody battle from a man that married his ex wife. To finish this story off I stopped following up with it the last 2 months because I couldn’t believe what this man (David & his son Sean) were going through. A lot of us were praying for both to get the victory & he did. I almost lost my faith with this story because I just coculdn’t believe it. Thank god & good for both of them to FINALLY BE TOGETHER!!! I still can’t believe it. God bless this family!!

  • nickey

    you men that love to screw these Brazilian chics, yeah, keep screwing them .. someone is going to get pregnant [after infecting you] and keeping your baby and another punk is going to raise your kid and insist on keeping him [that was freaky weird anyway]

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  • Gimmeabreak 78

    @Not that Michael

    I was wondering who would be the first to pull the race card. Congratulations, it’s you!

    You win a big fat bag of nothing. Next.

  • diamond

    @ Not that Michael, people have to be very strong!! And even as human beings @ times we fall because were human. But the only way to have the strength to go through something like this is through god, prayer, & hang on to faith because it’s that hope that will keep u going. When 5 or 10 doors close god will open the 1 u need. Keep in mind that before u win a victory things will get worse before they get better. God doesn’t promise us a smooth ride but he does promise us he will hold our hand & be with us in the mist of a difficult time in our lives. I’m not religious but I’ve never lost my faith although it gets tested. Much luck to u in the future.

  • sarcasatire

    My daughter’s dad is Brazilian and there is no way I would ever let her go over there without me!!! It would have to be a mommy & baby trip to go see daddy, and I’ll bring her behind right back home! Good to see tho that if he did try to kidnap her (God forbid, I would still be able to get her back…hopefully.

  • abcdefg

    So happy for him……

  • Sylmarvelous

    It’s about time! But for some reason I see this turning out bad! I have a feeling that the son is gonna grow up wanting to go back to Brazil to be with the family that took him away in the first place! I hope that boy has some sense when he gets older!

  • I'm Just Me....Keeping It Real Since: 1983. MERRY CHRISTMAS BOSSIP FOLK....IF YOU CELEBRATE

    I am so happy he got his son back. And I think this was very unnecessary. The boy should go to the biological father especially since he was kidnapped! What is the confusion here? I am not sure but this is not a good look at all. Hopefully noone else will have to deal with tis in the future.

  • Tr1sh

    Soooo happy about this- I was following this guy’s story. Hope his son settles in with him again.

  • Not that Michael

    @gimmeabreak: But it’s true, fool. Why not care for black children as well? What’s so goddamn wrong with that?

  • Gimmeabreak 78

    @Not that Michael:

    Okay. Fine. Where’s your story about a black kid that was kidnapped by one of his parents and has been engaged in a custody battle with the kidnappers and the government of a foreign country for 5 years? I’m waiting…

    Oh yeah, that’s right–there isn’t one.

    Reporting on this story does not mean that the media would categorically exlude the story from the headlines if the child was black. Quit crying racism about everything. Sing a new song.

  • Just Sayin

    There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.

    Never let your kids go anywhere that you can’t go get them.

  • happy to be alive

    to be more direct…. Brazil had no choice to return this Boy and return him unharmed! There was the most important issue of 2.75 Billion in Aid (for tariff’s and etc…) that one Frank Lautenberg (hope I got it write) would not sign until the boy was free. Hillary Clinton was on board with this also. Once those corrupt Judges got wind of this… now the boy can be released, and immediately. This boy’s real Dad spent countless hours and monies to try and get him back.. and everytime.. Brazilian Judges Fvcked him over. Well once he was in the private plane with the other Senator and his Father…..approaching the US… the bill was signed.

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