Jennifer Hudson’s Ex Asks Judge to Remove Protective Order So He Can Spend Thanksgiving with Son

Jennifer Hudson and her ex-fiancé David Otunga have launched legal action against one another in their custody dispute over 8-year-old son David Jr.

Hudson, 36, announced the end of her ten-year relationship to Otunga, 37, exclusively to PEOPLE on Thursday. The star was also granted an emergency order of protection from the former wrestler. In her request for the order, she accused him of ongoing harassing and threatening behavior and claimed he once pushed her inside their home.

On Friday, Otunga’s lawyer filed court documents to request that Hudson’s protective order be thrown out. Otunga and Hudson’s next court date for the custody dispute is scheduled for Dec. 7 but Otunga filed a petition to have the hearing date moved up to Nov. 21 in order to spend Thanksgiving with his son.

“I am now living in fear of further action David might take,” The Voice star says her request for the order of protection, obtained by TMZ. Otunga has denied any claims of abuse or harassment via his lawyer, who told PEOPLE he plans to file for primary custody.

“Mr. Otunga wants to make it very clear that he denies each and every allegation contained in that petition. Mr. Otunga is now and has always been the primary caregiver of the parties’ son,” his lawyer, Tracy Rizzo, tells PEOPLE in a new statement on Friday.

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Rizzo, who spoke on behalf of the former pro wrestler, also told of Otunga’s recollection of an incident on Nov. 15 that Hudson detailed in her request for the protective order.

“Ms. Hudson thought it was appropriate to have their son at a recording studio until 12:30 a.m. on a school night. Mr. Otunga’s only concern that evening was putting the child to bed so that he could be well rested for school,” she said. “At no time did Mr. Otunga ‘physically push’ Ms. Hudson as she has alleged. Everyone who knows Mr. Otunga in his personal life can attest to the fact that he is a highly educated, sophisticated, and non-violent man, and that his primary concern in life is caring for the parties’ son.”

Hudson claimed Otunga called her repeatedly while she was at the recording session; when she didn’t pick up his calls, the star claimed her ex then asked son David Jr. to record the scene, according to documents obtained by TMZ.

“Ms. Hudson is much less available to care for the child as a result of her constant traveling, but Mr. Otunga has always notified Ms. Hudson of the child’s activities and whereabouts,” Rizzo says on behalf of Otunga.

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In her request for the protective order, Hudson also said the father of her only child occasionally left a gun and holster on their kitchen counter to intimidate her.

“Mr. Otunga does not own a firearm, and the gun referenced in Ms. Hudson’s petition was a prop that he used for an audition, just as he told her it was at the time she saw it in their house,” Rizzo clarifies.

“It is unfortunate that Ms. Hudson has filed this petition in a calculated manner to not only have Mr. Otunga removed from the family home, but also in an effort to insert herself as the child’s primary caregiver,” Otunga’s lawyer adds.

The father of one also claims he was blindsided by Hudson’s petition filing, recalling an altercation that involved the police.

“Mr. Otunga only learned of the Order of Protection when the local police removed him from his home in the presence of the child at the direction of Ms. Hudson or her attorney,” Rizzo explains.

On Thursday, Hudson’s rep told PEOPLE exclusively that the couple had split. “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,” the statement concluded.

Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian Step Out for First Time as Newlyweds at Post-Wedding Brunch

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian had quite the racquet after saying I do!

The night after the couple swapped vows, they were spotted welcoming guests for a post-wedding brunch at The Ace Hotel in the Warehouse District of New Orleans on Friday.

Williams, wearing a sleeveless white dress with Chanel tweed espadrille flats and her hair pulled back in a ponytail, was all smiles while greeting her friends and family at the door alongside her new husband and Reddit co-founder Ohanian, who was dressed in a navy suit and baby blue dress shirt.

Also in attendance was the bride’s sister and bridesmaid, Venus Williams, who was seen chatting with friends at the hotel bar.

The newlyweds announced their engagement in December 2016.

The new Mr. and Mrs. Ohanian wed at the Contemporary Arts Center on Thursday evening in front of a slew of celebrity guests, including Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria and husband José Bastón, and fellow tennis star Caroline Wozniacki with her new fiancé, NBA player David Lee.

Williams walked down the aisle in a stunning custom Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen princess gown while Ohanian suited up in Armani.

In addition to her strapless, belted gown, the mother of one sparkled in jewelry by XIV Karats, worth $3.5 million.

When it came time for the reception, the star changed into a second wedding look: a white Versace dress that featured lace and feathers throughout the bodice.

And the night before tying the knot, the parents of 11-week-old baby girl Alexis Olympia held a star-studded rehearsal dinner at celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse‘s restaurant Meril with famous friends Longoria, supermodel Selita EbanksColton Haynes and Cynthia Erivo.

Earlier this month, the 23-time Grand Slam champion gathered with her friends and family for an all-out girls weekend in New York City at the opulent Baccarat Hotel & Residences.

Jennifer Hudson’s Ex David Otunga to Fight For Primary Custody After Singer Gets Protective Order

Jennifer Hudson‘s ex-fiance, David Otunga, has released his own statement following news that the pair ended their ten-year relationship.

PEOPLE exclusively confirmed on Thursday that Hudson, 36, and Otunga, 37,  have been in the “process of ending their relationship for a number of months,” according to a statement from the singer’s rep.

“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 statement concluded.

Otunga’s attorney, Tracy M. Rizzo, released a statement to PEOPLE on behalf of the former pro wrestler following the split news accusing the Oscar winner of getting the protective order to stop him from getting primary custody of their son.

“David Otunga has been trying to negotiate the terms of an amicable parenting agreement with Ms. Hudson for several weeks now,” the statement read.

“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,” the statement continued.

Otunga proposed to Hudson in September 2008 after less than a year of dating. Then nearly a year later, in August 2009, they welcomed their only child, David Jr., now 8.

“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,” the statement concluded.

In April, ahead of her debut as a coach on season 13 of The Voice, Hudson appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show during which she discussed her nearly nine-year engagement with host Ellen DeGeneres.

“I’m not in a rush. He ain’t going nowhere,” the mother of one said of delaying her nuptials to Otunga.

Man Accidentally Shoots Himself and Wife in Church While Discussing Recent Church Shooting

A husband and wife pair was accidentally shot in a Tennessee church after discussing church shootings with members of their place of worship.

Elder members of the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains got together for a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, during which they talked about the Nov. 5 massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 25 people and an unborn child were killed.

When someone asked if any of the guests had brought a gun to their church, an unidentified man in his Eighties told the group, “I carry my handgun everywhere,” according to a retelling of the incident by Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks as reported by multiple local news outlets.

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“Somebody else walked up and said, ‘Can I see it?’” Parks said. “He pulled it back out and said, ‘With this loaded indicator, I can tell that it’s not loaded.’ ” The man pulled the trigger to prove it was not loaded but he “just forgot that he re-chambered the weapon,” Parks said.

After it went off, the gun owner hit himself in the hand and his wife – who is also in her Eighties – in the abdomen.

The couple was transported to University of Tennessee Medical Center by helicopter for non-life threatening injuries, according to Parks.

“Just want to let Everyone know that there was a shooting in town today. But it was not an active shooter situation. It was an accidentally discharged handgun,” the Tellico Plains Police Department said in a statement on Facebook. “No other people were harmed in this accident.”

Nearby schools were placed in a temporary lockdown for the students’ safety.

Jennifer Hudson & Fiancé David Otunga Split, Singer Receives Protective Order Against Partner of 10 Years

Jennifer Hudson and fiancé David Otunga have ended their relationship after ten years.

“They have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months,” Hudson’s rep tells PEOPLE exclusively in a statement.

“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 statement concluded.

A rep for Otunga did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE.

Hudson, 36, and Otunga, 37, are parents to 8-year-old David Daniel Otunga Jr.

Former pro wrestler Otunga proposed to Hudson in September 2008 after less than a year of dating. The couple welcomed their only child nearly a year later in August 2009.

About a month after becoming engaged, Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson, were found fatally shot in a Chicago home. Her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was found dead in the backseat of a car. Hudson’s former brother-in-law William Balfour was convicted of the murders in 2012.

Sun’s Out Buns Out! Heidi Klum Cheekily Avoids Tan Lines By Sunbathing Naked

Bottoms up for Heidi Klum!

The newly single 44-year-old star shared a sexy selfie on Instagram Thursday, revealing her derriere while sunbathing.

“California Dreaming,” Klum captioned her photo.

Back in August, the longtime Project Runway host told PEOPLE, “I tan topless because I saw my mom do that.”

The mother of four’s latest nearly naked photo is a stark contrast to her Halloween costume this year.

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Klum transformed into the werewolf in Michael Jackson’s classic 1982 music video for “Thriller” and was covered head-to-toe in prosthetic fur and makeup.

“It takes a long time to lay the prosthetics but then putting it all together, it took seven hours,” she told PEOPLE at her 18th annual Halloween party.

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And when she’s not tanning with little to no clothing or getting all dressed up for her favorite spooky holiday, Klum can be found lounging in her go-to outfit.

“If you have a great pair of jeans, a great blouse, a pair of heels — boom,” she told PEOPLE in August. “It can be that simple and put together.”

The season 16 finale of Project Runway airs Thursday (8 p.m. ET) on Lifetime.

Quinn Is Missing! Olivia Pope Is Out for Blood as She Wields Command Rank in Scandal Sneak Peek


Forget about the white hat, Olivia Pope is out for blood this season as Command.

In an exclusive sneak peek of Scandal‘s winter finale on Thursday, Kerry Washington‘s character stops at nothing to find Quinn Perkins (Katie Lowes) as the head of QPA is still missing, days after her scheduled wedding to Charlie (George Newbern) went awry due to her disappearance.

Along with Olivia serving as President Mellie Grant’s Chief of Staff, fans and viewers have become acclimated to a new, darker version of Olivia in the role of Command and how she has been utilizing Jake Ballard as her right hand man.

“Be better Jake, be better,” Pope demands.

“I want a list of our enemies, armed patrols on alert. I want satellites, supercomputers, CIA domestic units on this. I want this entire town, I want the entire federal government turned into one giant machine for finding Quinn,” she says.

“I want the monster who did this. I want them here. I want them to face Command. I want them to understand whose fight they stepped into. And then I want them finished,” Olivia tells Jake who simply responds: “Yes ma’am.”

So where could Quinn be?

Is she trying to process her feelings after witnessing Bashrani President Rashad and his niece Yasmin’s assassination? Or attempting to secretly build a case against Olivia, who’s behind it? It’s more likely someone kidnapped her, but who?

Scandal‘s winter finale airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

Patton Oswalt Fell ‘Head Over Heels’ for Bride Meredith Salenger Months Before Meeting in Person

Patton Oswalt is still basking in that newlywed glow.

The actor, 48, gushed about his new bride, Meredith Salenger, during Wednesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which marked his first appearance since tying the knot with his second wife. He even wore his wedding suit for the late-night program!

“I married Meredith Salenger this amazing actress and she and our wedding planner, it was like watching two people plan a bank heist,” Oswalt recalled of the planning process. “Being the groom is the best. You are a prop that eats appetizers. That’s all you are. You’re just there and they tell you where to go.”

The couple said their “I dos” in front of family and friends at the Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles on Nov. 4, a little over a year after Oswalt’s wife Michelle McNamara died unexpectedly in her sleep in April 2016. The couple have an 8-year-old daughter Alice.

Oswalt and Salenger announced their engagement in July.

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“ met online. We met through mutual friend Martha Plimpton and she threw a dinner party and she invited both of us but we never met – I couldn’t go because of some travel,” Oswalt recalled of how he missed out on being introduced to his future wife.

“And Meredith messages me the next day and says ‘You missed some amazing lasagna last night dude.’ That was on Feb. 28. We started talking, we didn’t meet face to face until May 20,” the father of one explained.

“It was very Victorian-like, exchanging letters kind of romance. Every night we would write about life, politics, books, it was all this deep stuff you do after the date. By the time we met on our first date I was so head over heels,” he added.

Following the nuptials, Salenger, 47, told PEOPLE exclusively how she strongly believed it was McNamara who orchestrated the meeting from above.

“When I first starting talking with Patton on Facebook, it was just sort of witty banter. There was nothing to it, but as I started getting to know him better, I looked up Michelle on Facebook and I saw that we had like 15 mutual friends,” she said.

“One of them was my best friend since 7th grade. I called her and was like, ‘Tell me about Michelle.’ She was best friends with Michelle after college. She was like, ‘I loved her. She’s amazing. She’s so funny and smart,’ ” Salenger recalled.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. (ET) on ABC.

‘Lost’ Leonardo da Vinci Painting Sells For a Record Smashing $450m – And It Once Cost Just $60!

Art world history has been made!

From once being sold for $60 to being called “the greatest artistic rediscovery of the 21st century,” Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” painting has captivated the attention of art lovers around the world once again.

The 500-year-old portrait of Christ (the title means “Savior of the World” in Italian) sold for a record $450.3 million at a Christie’s auction on Wednesday in New York City. The 16th-century work of art — which opened for bids at $100,000 — is now officially the most expensive painting ever sold.

The auction lasted nearly 20 minutes and the final bid was $400 million which, with fees, comes out at the recording breaking $450 million figure. The new owner of the piece remains a mystery as they were a phone-in bidder.

The record was previously held by Pablo Picasso’s painting “Women of Algiers (Version O)” which was sold for $179.4 million in May 2015.

“Salvator Mundi” was previously owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who bought it in 2013 for $127.5 million in a private sale that became the subject of a continuing lawsuit, according to TIME.

The painting once belonged to King Charles I of England, and later his son, Charles II in the 17th century. But after that, there was no record of its whereabouts between 1763 and 1900, according to Christie’s.

Amazingly, in 2005, the piece of art — known as the final privately owned da Vinci painting — was discovered in a small, regional auction in the United States, heavily veiled with overpaints and long mistaken for a copy.

In fact according to the BBC, in 1958 it was sold at auction in London for $60.

Eager fans lined up outside Christie’s Rockefeller Center headquarters on Tuesday to view “Salvator Mundi.” Hundreds of people have viewed the painting at the venue, including Leonardo DiCaprio.

The actor, 43, took part in a video portrait, filmed by photographer Nadav Kander, that captured the painting’s profound effect on those gazing at it. DiCaprio will actually star in and produce a film about da Vinci, according to Variety. The movie — produced under Appian Way — will be based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of da Vinci.

On Wednesday, fellow Oscar winner Adrien Brody shared a photo of the time he went to see the “Salvator Mundi” painting. “Congratulations @Christiesinc for the record breaking sale,” he captioned the picture on Instagram.

WATCH: Selena Gomez Gets Ready For First Live Performance in Over a Year Following Kidney Transplant

Selena Gomez is gearing up for her return to the music stage at Sunday’s American Music Awards!

The singer, 25, shared a sneak peek of her performance on Instagram Wednesday evening, days before she will perform the world television premiere of her latest single “Wolves.”

“My first performance in over a year,” Gomez captioned the footage. “The AMAs have been a place where I’ve shared some of my most intimate moments. Heart wants what it wants, after treatment and now Wolves. This Sunday,” she concluded.

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During the 2004 AMAs, the star opened up in a way that Selenators hadn’t really seen before when she debuted her single “The Heart Wants What It Wants.” Gomez broke down in tears while belting out the song’s lyrics that were inspired by her relationship with on-off again boyfriend Justin Bieber, whom she is currently romantically linked with.

In addition, this year’s AMAs gig will mark Gomez’s first performance since undergoing surgery for a kidney transplant.

The 13 Reasons Why co-producer revealed in September that she quietly stepped back from her career during the summer to recover from a kidney transplant due to complications from lupus. Her longtime pal and actress Francia Raisa was the donor.

The 2017 American Music Awards air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Halsey Cancels Concert Mid-Set and Puts Canadian Tour-leg on Hold Due to ‘Personal Emergency’

Halsey has temporarily halted her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour.

The singer, 23, performed at her Calgary show in Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday evening when she abruptly stopped the concert mid-set. It was later announced that her show in nearby Edmonton was canceled.

“Due to a personal emergency, Halsey will be unable to perform tonight at Rogers Place in Edmonton,” promoters for Live Nation said in a statement.

A rep for Halsey did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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On Wednesday, the star addressed the incident in a statement shared on Instagram.

“I’m so sorry to the fans in Calgary and Edmonton who were effected  by the cancellations. There are very few things in this world that could make me stop a show, and my fans know that,” she wrote.

“This is breaking my heart but I have to take a few days to gain my composure so I can put on the best show possible in Minneapolis and finish out the tour with a bang. I’ll make it up to the fans in Canada. Thank you for understanding and respecting the privacy of me and those close to me during this time. I love you,” she concluded.

Halsey later edited her caption for the post, clarifying: “The rest of tour is resuming as planned.”

Halsey’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour is scheduled to resume on Nov. 18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

WATCH: Bomb-Sniffing Dog Named in Honor of 9/11 Hero Adorably Snores Away After Keeping Airport Safe

This video of a TSA bomb-detection dog is so cute, it’s off the leash!

On Wednesday, the Transportation Security Administration popular Instagram shared an adorable video of an explosives detection canine, named Ttirado, enjoying a well-deserved slumber. The Black Labrador has been working to help keep the Indianapolis International Airport safe since 2014.

“Work like a dog. Sleep like a human,” the agency captioned the footage. “Good boy, Ttirado. You’ve earned your zzzzzzz’s.”

Ttirado is one of many dogs at Indianapolis International Airport trained to detect explosive odor and follow it to its source.

While Ttirado’s shut-eye will brighten any ruff day, the story of how he got his unique name is even more heartwarming.

“If you’re wondering about the strange spelling of Ttirado’s name, the double first letter signifies that the canine was named after a 9/11 victim. In this case, Ttirado was named after Hector Luis Tirado, FDNY Engine 23,” the TSA explained.

The 30-year-old former EMT and Army veteran became the legal guardian to his three younger siblings after his parents died when he was a teenager. He was also a father to two of his own children.

“Hector was used to challenges and the responsibility of caring for others,” according to an obituary shared by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Tirado was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Ed Sheeran Addresses Popular Fan Theory That Taylor Swift’s Very Sexy Song ‘Dress’ Is About Him

Ed Sheeran is setting the record straight about a popular fan theory regarding good friend Taylor Swift‘s song “Dress” from her recently released album, Reputation.

The lyrics, “Say my name and everything just stops/ I don’t want you like a best friend/ Only bought this dress so you could take it off, take it off,” had Swifties speculating that “best friend” was Sheeran, who is also featured on the album’s second track titled “End Game” with rapper Future.

Another lyric, There is an indentation in the shape of you/ Made your mark on me, a golden tattoo,” was alluded as a reference to Sheeran’s hit single “Shape Of You.”

During a recent Instagram live stream with AugustMan magazine from SingaporeSheeran was asked about the speculation.

“I don’t think it is ,” he said, adding: “I think if you read into it… it’s not… you know, because she mentions someone with a buzzcut haircut, and I’ve never had a buzzcut haircut.”

In fact, Swift’s boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, had sported a buzz cut at the 2016 Met Ball, where he was rumored to have met his future girlfriend.

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Swift recognized how her lyrics have become topics of conversations and guesswork about her personal life and addressed the speculation in a letter she included with the album.

“When this album comes out, gossip blogs will scour the lyrics for the men they can attribute to each song, as if the inspiration for music is as simple and basic as a paternity test,” she wrote in her Reputation companion zines.

“There will be slideshows of photos backing up each incorrect theory, because it’s 2017 and if you didn’t see a picture of it, it couldn’t have happened right?” she added.