Singer Jennifer Hudson was granted a gag order in her custody dispute with ex-boyfriend David Otunga following reports that Otunga was awarded temporary custody of their 8-year-old son–a claim her camp denies.
The Chicago Tribune reported that an Illinois judge issued the gag order, which bans Hudson, Otunga, and their representatives from disclosing, publishing, and posting videos, statements, and other information relevant to the custody case.
Hudson, 36, sought the gag order after accusing Otunga, 37, or his representative of speaking with TMZ about the ongoing battle. The November 28 article indicated that Otunga was awarded temporary custody of their son, David Jr., and that Hudson voluntarily dropped an order of protection against her ex.
“David has said he’s been his son’s primary caregiver since birth because of Jennifer’s travel schedule. Apparently they both now acknowledge that he will again become the primary custodial parent, at least until a formal custody agreement is worked out,” the tabloid wrote.
In the November 29 filing, Hudson’s attorneys claimed that the former wrestler “was not awarded custody of the parties’ minor child, he was not named the primary custodial parent, nor was he previously the primary caregiver.” They went on say that TMZ’s inaccurate story was picked up by 20 publications, according to the Tribune.
Hudson’s rep. told People in mid-November that the pair had ended their 10-year relationship. It was during that interview that it was revealed that Hudson received a protective order against her ex-fiancé.
In the protective order, Hudson recounted an incident where Otunga pushed her out of a master suite and alleged that it wasn’t the first violent occurrence in their relationship. She also accused Otunga of leaving a firearm on the counter–something she’s “very sensitive” about as her mother, brother, and nephew were killed in 2008 in a home invasion, according to the New York Daily News.
Another hearing is scheduled for December 20.
[Featured Image: Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga/Todd Williamson/Invision for Fox Searchlight/AP Images]