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Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson (pictured left) has intensified her fight in court against ex-fiance David Otunga (pictured right) as an acrimonious child custody battle between the two is scheduled to go to trial.
According to a report by BET News, Hudson, 37, and Otunga, 38, have been ordered by an Illinois judge to appear in court on March 11, 2019. At this hearing, the estranged lovers will begin pleading their cases to the court as they begin trial.
The presiding judge in this case has predicted that this legal battle over child custody will last five days.
Hudson and Otunga are fighting for custody of their nine-year-old son David Otunga, Jr. The primary matters that will be focused on at trial will be concerning which parent is more worthy of more custody and more liable to pay child support.
Roughly a year ago, Hudson ended her 10-year relationship with Otunga and filed a restraining order against the former professional wrestler citing “aggressive, threatening and harassing behavior.” However, Hudson eventually dropped her restraining order as she encountered some case-related challenges through her own fault.
The Academy Award-winning Dreamgirls star had a gag order placed on her after Otunga’s legal counsel was able to successfully argue the theory that Hudson began talking too much about her case to the media. As a result, Otunga asked the court to hold his former fiance in contempt of court.
Otunga also won back primary custody of nine-year-old Otunga Jr. after Hudson’s restraining order against him was dropped.
“When it became apparent to Ms. Hudson that Mr. Otunga would be the parent granted 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 effort to gain an unfair advantage in the custody dispute,” read a statement by Tracy Rizzo, Otunga’s attorney.
“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’s statement also read.