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Jennifer Hudson reaches custody agreement with ex fiancé David Otunga

Jennifer Hudson reaches custody agreement with ex fiancé David Otunga after acrimonious two-year court battle

Jennifer Hudson has reached a custody agreement with ex-fiancé David Otunga, two years after their split.

The Oscar-winning actress, 37, and the former professional wrestler, 39, began a custody battle over their son David Jr, nine, nearly two years ago, with the Chicago Tribune reporting the pair reached their agreement on Tuesday. 

The website reports the details of the custody arrangement have been kept secret, after Jennifer and David signed a gag order in 2017, which prevents them from speaking publicly about the case. 

Over: Jennifer Hudson has reached a custody agreement with ex-fiancé David Otunga, two years after their split (pictured July 2019)

Over: Jennifer Hudson has reached a custody agreement with ex-fiancé David Otunga, two years after their split (pictured July 2019)

Happier times: The Oscar-winning actress, 37, and the former professional wrestler, 39, began their custody battle over their son David Jr, nine, nearly two years ago (pictured May 2016)

Happier times: The Oscar-winning actress, 37, and the former professional wrestler, 39, began their custody battle over their son David Jr, nine, nearly two years ago (pictured May 2016)

The couple were together for nearly a decade, from 2008- to 2017, but since their split they been consumed by disputes.

Their custody battle began when the former couple split in November 2017- Jennifer filed for an emergency protection order after she claimed David pushed her while holding their son.

A source said at the time: ‘[They] have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months … Jennifer’s actions are solely taken in the best interest of their son. Please respect her privacy at this time.’ 

A temporary order was granted, though she later dropped the request, and Otunga has consistently denied the allegation, as well as claims of abuse and harassment. 

Following a police investigation, he was cleared of any crimes. 

First priority: The details of the custody arrangement have been kept secret, after Jennifer and David signed a gag order in 2017, which prevents them from speaking publicly about the case (pictured with son David Jr in 2016)

First priority: The details of the custody arrangement have been kept secret, after Jennifer and David signed a gag order in 2017, which prevents them from speaking publicly about the case (pictured with son David Jr in 2016)

David’s attorney claimed the singer had ‘decided to file a meritless Petition for Order of Protection in an effort to gain an unfair advantage in the custody dispute.’ 

The American Idol star also claimed in court documents that her former partner checked their son out of school and left town without alerting her, leading her to fear he might attempt to transport the child out of the state.  

In response, David claimed it was all an effort to soil his name. He procured text messages he sent to Jennifer at the time in which he mentioned leaving school for an event, to which she allegedly replied, ‘Ok thank u for keeping me posted.’

Spat: The couple were together for nearly a decade, from 2008- to 2017, but since their split they been consumed by disputes (pictured February 2015)

Spat: The couple were together for nearly a decade, from 2008- to 2017, but since their split they been consumed by disputes (pictured February 2015)

The acrimony has continued throughout the custody battle, with David and The Voice judge filing various motions against one another, accusing each other of playing legal games.  

Jennifer previously accused David of making their son scan the room with an iPad to see if there were men with her and alleged he kept a gun in their home in a bid to ‘intimidate her.’

Both kickstarted their careers on reality competitions – Hudson placed seventh on Fox’s American Idol in (2004), and Otunga placed third on VH1’s I Love New York 2 (2007).   

 Though Otunga’s acting career is limited to a few appearances as himself on TV and a handful of small film roles, he was formerly a wrestler for the WWE and continues to work for the organization as a commentator.

Denied: Jennifer filed for an emergency protection order in 2017 after she claimed David pushed her while holding their son. He denied this and she later dropped the order (pictured 2016)

Denied: Jennifer filed for an emergency protection order in 2017 after she claimed David pushed her while holding their son. He denied this and she later dropped the order (pictured 2016)

Daily Mail UK

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