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Blood continues to boil in the courtroom during the current stages of a drawn-out, ongoing divorce/custody battle between Oscar-winning singer/actress Jennifer Hudson (pictured right) and her ex-fiance David Otunga (pictured left).
The drama began between Hudson and Otunga (an attorney and former professional wrestling star) when the Dreamgirls actress left her ex-fiance in late 2017 after the pair’s 10-year relationship. However, after the court proceedings began, the legal dispute this failed power couple became embroiled in was far from over.
In December 2018, HealthyBlackWoman.com reported that a subsequent custody battle between Hudson and Otunga began over the pair’s then nine-year-old son David Otunga, Jr.
Around that time, a state-level judge in the U.S. state of Illinois ordered Hudson and Otunga to stand trial to argue their respective cases against one another. The judge ordered that they appear in court over their matter and scheduled a hearing for March 11, 2019. Prior to the Illinois judge’s ruling, Otunga secured a legal victory of his own after winning primary custody of the son his ex-fiance had by him.
Hudson also filed a temporary restraining order at the same time she left Otunga. However her claims were eventually found to be invalid. When her petition for abuse was dropped, Otunga won back primary custody of his son. Fast-forward to April 2019 and it’s evident that this acrimonious struggle between Hudson and Otunga is still raging on. Otunga has made some demands regarding the care of the son he shares with Hudson.
Otunga’s legal counsel presented a revised mandate, which stated that Hudson should be providing funds for housing her son and ex-husband in addition to the child support she has been paying for not being the primary custodial parent after the break-up. However, Hudson’s rebuttal to her ex-fiance’s latest request expresses the platinum-selling singer’s refusal to house an educated grown man with the tools to fulfill his housing needs.
“To accept David’s proposition that because he is present, he is a better parent would be to do a disservice to working parents in general and to Jennifer in particular. Nothing entitles David to live in a home identical to Jennifer’s,” Hudson’s legal team stated in court documents, according to BET News.
Both parties have agreed on a postponement in this case. However, a new court hearing has been set for some time next month.