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Jennifer Hudson’s protective order against David Otunga leads to domestic battery investigation

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TMZ has obtained a copy of the protective order Jennifer Hudson filed against David Otunga and while the announcer and former tag champ claims the allegations it contains are 100% fabricated, it does place WWE in a difficult situation.

In addition to generally stating Otunga has demonstrated “aggressive, threatening and harassing behavior toward me," Hudson’s request for the order details a couple specific incidents she says have left her "living in fear of further action David might take.”

One occurred after Otunga was unable to reach Hudson by phone during a recording session and allegedly instructed their 8 year old son David Jr. to record his mother, hoping to prove she was dating one of her producers (something the singer denies). When they arrived home, David reportedly angrily grabbed his son and pushed Hudson, actions she claims there were multiple witnesses to.

She also says that he would leave a gun and holster on their kitchen counter. While Otunga says this was just a prop from one of his movie roles, Hudson claims he had a more sinister motive: “David knows that I am and have been very sensitive to firearms after my mother and my brother were murdered by a firearm. I believe that he left it out to taunt, intimidate and frighten me, which he absolutely accomplished.”

The immediate result of the protective order was that Otunga has moved out of their Chicagoland home, leaving with police on Thursday night. TMZ sources say Hudson had been telling him to leave the house, which she owns, but he refused to do so until the cops arrived. The site also reports that police have opened a misdemeanor domestic battery investigation into Hudson’s claims.

WWE updated their domestic violence policy in 2014. Under the policy, an arrest leads to a suspension and a conviction to termination, but they also have broad latitude to act thanks to a “morals clause” in their standard booking contract. Hudson’s allusions to Otunga’s career in wrestling factoring into her concern for her and her son’s safety - according to TMZ, the request for the protective order claimed “she's especially concerned because David is a 6'3" 240 lb professional wrestler” - could factor into their decision there, one way or another.

As stated in our initial post on this sad situation, the main issue is primary physical custody of David Jr. It’s possible that if an amicable agreement about their son’s future can be reached, the rest of this could go away - provided, of course, that Otunga is being honest when he says Hudson’s allegations are untrue and being embellished for maximum legal effect.

Until then, given Hudson’s stardom, this will continue to play out in the public eye, and leave WWE with a dilemma about a talent who only appears for them occassionally anyway.

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