David Otunga and Jennifer Hudson’s split has just gotten ugly. The ‘Voice’ star accused David of getting physical with both her and their son. She even accused him of using a gun to ‘intimidate’ her!
While David Otunga, 37, denied ever harassing Jennifer Hudson, 36, after she got a protective order against him, the American Idol star is painting quite a different picture. She claims David has exhibited “aggressive, threatening and harassing behavior,” according to legal documents obtained by TMZ. The docs also allege that David got physical with her and David Jr., 8, on Nov. 15. Following a recording session in Chicago, Jennifer claims she returned home to a visibly angry David, who had been trying to get in touch with her all day. She claims he grabbed David Jr. by the hand and physically pushed her out of the master suite of their home. Jennifer claims that this was not a one-off, saying that this alleged incident was just the latest in a pattern of “escalating and threatening behavior.”
Jennifer also claims, according to TMZ, that David allegedly left a gun and holster on their kitchen county on occasion. “David knows that I am and have been very sensitive to firearms after my mother and my brother were murdered by a firearm,” she reportedly says in the legal documents. “I believe that he left it out to taunt, intimidate and frighten me, which he absolutely accomplished.” Whoa.
Update: David’s attorney, Tracy M Rizzo, says in a statement to HollywoodLife.com:
Mr. Otunga has now had the opportunity to review the Petition for Order of Protection that Jennifer Hudson filed on November 16, 2017 and he wants to make it very clear that he denies each and every allegation contained in that petition. Mr. Otunga is now and has always been the primary caregiver of the parties’ son. On November 15, 2017 Ms. Hudson thought it was appropriate to have their son at a recording studio until 12:30am on a school night. Mr. Otunga’s only concern that evening was putting the child to bed so that he could be well rested for school. At no time did Mr. Otunga “physically push” Ms. Hudson as she has alleged. Everyone who knows Mr. Otunga in his personal life can attest to the fact that he is a highly educated, sophisticated, and non-violent man, and that his primary concern in life is caring for the parties’ son. Ms. Hudson is much less available to care for the child as a result of her constant travelling, but Mr. Otunga has always notified Ms. Hudson of the child’s activities and whereabouts.
Mr. Otunga does not own a firearm, and the gun referenced in Ms. Hudson’s petition was a prop that he used for an audition, just as he told her it was at the time she saw it in their house. It is unfortunate that Ms. Hudson has filed this petition in a calculated manner to not only have Mr. Otunga removed from the family home, but also in an effort to insert herself as the child’s primary caregiver. Despite the fact that Mr. Otunga has been represented by counsel in the custody dispute for many weeks, Ms. Hudson and her attorney failed to give Mr. Otunga and his counsel notice of the filing of her petition, so that Mr. Otunga could be present in court. Mr. Otunga only learned of the Order of Protection when the local police removed him from his home in the presence of the child at the direction of Ms. Hudson or her attorney. While the next court date in this matter has been scheduled for December 7, 2017, Mr. Otunga is going to petition the court to have the hearing date advanced to November 21, 2017, so that he can spend Thanksgiving with his son.
It didn’t take long for this breakup to turn bitter, as these two announced the end of their 10-year-relationship on Nov. 16. David reportedly thinks that Jennifer is dating one of her producers (something she denies) and the court docs TMZ obtained claim David allegedly asked his son to record Jennifer’s recording session to possibly get evidence of this suspected romance. It’s seems this attitude and the alleged physical contact is why Jennifer sought a protective order against him. She was ultimately given temporarily full custody of their son and their home while the order is in effect. This essentially made David homeless. After the order went into effect, police went over to David and Jennifer’s home to basically tell him to hit the road.
David, to no shock, has denied all allegations of abuse or aggressive behavior. David and Jennifer have reportedly been broken up for weeks and were in the middle of negotiating a custody agreement. David, through his lawyer Tracy Rizzo, claims that when it became “apparent” that he would be given “residential care” of their son, as he’s been the “primary caregiver” while Jennifer pursued her career, she “file(d) a meritless Petition for Order of protection” as a way to get an “unfair advantage.”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Jennifer’s protection order is “meritless?”