American singer Jennifer Hudson and her ex-fiance, pro-wrestler David Otunga have reached a temporary custody agreement for their son David Jr according to TMZ. David Otunga will have custody of the 8-year-old child for majority of the time, a source told TMZ, as Hudson will be traveling for work.
Jennifer Hudson has also dropped an order of protection she filed against Otunga earlier in the month, and the two have agreed Otunga will be the primary custodial parent of David Jr. The contract gives the former wrestler custody over the exes’ son for the majority of the time as Hudson is currently residing in London while filming The Voice UK and frequently travels to Los Angeles for The Voice.
Hudson and Otunga got engaged in 2008 after a few months of dating and welcomed David Jr. in 2009. The pair parted ways in late November after nearly 10 years together. A rep for the American Idol alum told Us Weekly:
“They have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months, 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 court documents, the Dreamgirls actress alleged that Otunga has exhibited “increasingly aggressive, threatening and harassing behavior” toward her. She also claimed that Otunga had been violent with her in the presence of their son. Otunga’s lawyer, Tracy M. Rizzo, responded to the claims in a statement saying:
“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.”
“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 returned to The Voice on Monday, November 20, for the show’s live taping. The “Remember Me” songstress seemed to be in good spirits as she cheered on her team and joked with the judges.