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Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga’s Custody Battle Heats Up as Case Moves to Trial

Jennifer Hudson and ex-fiancé David Otunga are heading to court next year over their bitter child custody case.

Documents obtained by The Blast Friday, Dec. 7, show the trial will begin March 11 and the Illinois judge presiding over the case believes it will continue over the course of five days.  During that time, the former couple will testify in court to plead their case over who should earn more custody and who should pay child support.

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Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson and professional wrestler David Otunga attend the opening night performance of “Turn Me Loose” held at The Westside Theatre on May 19, 2016 in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)

The singer and the WWE star announced the end of their nearly decade-long engagement in 2017, and since then each party has been pulling out all the stops to win custody over David Daniel Otunga Jr.

Months after making their split public, Hudson requested a protective order against Otunga, which his attorney claimed was a ploy to ensure “The Voice” coach gets custody of their son. In documents, Hudson cited Otunga grabbing their 9-year-old by the hand and pushing her out of the way. She also claimed Otunga left a gun holster on the counter despite knowing “I am and have been very sensitive to firearms after my mother and my brother were murdered by a firearm,” she said in the complaint.

The order of protection was granted, only for Hudson to withdraw it altogether. More recently, Otunga, who has consistently denied her ex’s allegations, has requested that Jennifer’s sister, Julia Hudson, answer questions under oath about custody of David Jr.

Hudson and Otunga got engaged in 2008 and welcomed their son a year later. They spent lots of that time fielding questions about when they’d finally tie the knot. Up until January 2017, Hudson brushed off inquiries on the British talk show “Loose Women.”

“He ain’t going nowhere,” she said. “You see he’s still there. He can wait.”

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