WWE personality David Otunga and his partner, award-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, have ended their ten year relationship. The juicy headline is that Hudson has filed a protective order against Otunga, but all signs point to that being a legal maneuver as part of the custody battle for their 8 year old son, David, Jr. That doesn’t mean it might not become an issue for WWE.
A brief statement from Hudson’s representation to People reads:
“They have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months.
Today, Jennifer requested and received a protective order against her ex-fiancé. Jennifer’s actions are solely taken in the best interest of their son.”
According to statments the former WWE tag champ’s attorney gave to TMZ, the order is a way to try to get an upperhand in what sounds like a nasty custody battle:
“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 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."
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.”
That last statement could be potentially troubling to Otunga’s bosses in Stamford. The company is in a constant public relations mode to change the perception of wrestlers as anything other than actors playing roles, but it sounds like Hudson’s camp is hoping to evoke memories of Chris Benoit as part of their strategy here.
There are no formal charges or even specific allegations of domestic violence, so it’s unlikely WWE will comment or take any action on the personal situation of one of their employees at this time. But they’ll be paying attention to see if an Academy Award winner implies working in sports entertainment makes a person more likely to victimize his family during a custody battle that is sure to get a lot of coverage in the tabloids.
None of which is nearly as important as David Jr’s future well-being. Hopefully, Otunga and Hudson will soon be able to come to an amicable arrangement for the benefit of their son.