Jennifer Hudson Gets Restraining Order Against Ex-Fiance As Custody Battle Ensues

They've been together for a decade.

By Gina Tron

Jennifer Hudson and her fiance David Otunga have split up after a decade together, and on Wednesday Hudson has filed a restraining order against Otunga.

"They have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months," Jennifer's rep told People. "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."

The couple had an eight-year-old son together, named David Daniel Otunga Jr. In 2008, after less than a year together, former pro wrestler Otunga, now 37, proposed to Hudson, E! News reports. Hudson, 36, is a singer and actress who rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol.

Just one month after getting engaged, Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot to death inside a Chicago home. At the same time, her 7-year-old nephew was also found dead in a car. Hudson’s former brother-in-law was convicted of the murders in 2012.

David's attorney released his own statement to E! News which said, “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, 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."

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