The “Dreamgirls” star and Otunga have reached a temporary agreement in their separation. The contract gives the former wrestler primary custody over their son for the majority of the time as Hudson is currently working in UK version of The Voice and frequently travels to Los Angeles for the American version of the hit reality TV show.
Hudson and Otunga got engaged in 2008 after nearly a year of dating and welcomed their child David Jr. in August, 2009. The couple split in late November after nearly a decade together. “They have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months,” a rep for the American Idol alum said in a statement. “Jennifer requested and received a protective order against her ex-fiancé. Jennifer’s actions are solely taken in the best interest of their son.”
In legal documents, the actress and singer claimed that Otunga has shown “increasingly aggressive, threatening and harassing behavior” toward her. She also alleged that Otunga had been violent and aggressive with her in the presence of their kid.
Otunga’s attorney, Tracy M. Rizzo, responded to the claims in a statement: “David Otunga has been trying to negotiate the terms of an amicable parenting agreement with Ms. Hudson for several weeks now. However, when it became apparent to Ms. Hudson that Mr. Otunga would be the parent graded residential care of the child, as a result of Mr. Otunga being the child’s primary caregiver while Ms. Hudson pursues her career all over the world, Ms. Hudson decided to file a meritless Petition for Order of Protection in an effect to gain unfair advantage in the custody dispute.”
“As a result of Mr. Otunga’s career in the WWE. Ms. Hudson felt that she could give an award winning performance in court to portray herself as the victim,” Rizzo also stated. “Mr. Otunga has never abused or harassed Ms. Hudson or their son, and it is unfortunate, especially in today’s climate, that she would feel the need to make these false allegations against him. Mr. Otunga looks forward to his day in court and in being awarded the residential care of the parties’ only child.”
Hudson has also dropped an emergency order of protection she filed against her ex, since the star voluntarily opted to remove the emergency protection order as long as David Otunga agreed to never enter their former home.
Hudson came back to “The Voice” on Monday, November 20, for the show’s live broadcast.
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