Jennifer Hudson’s ex David Otunga wins primary custody of their son

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

What You Need To Know About Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson’s split from David Otunga’s has taken another dramatic turn. The singer’s estranged fiance has been granted primary custody over the pair’s 8 year old son, David Jr., according to TMZ.

The Academy Award winner, 36, and her former long-time fiance have reached a temporary agreement regarding their son’s role in the separation. The contract gives the former WWE wrestler custody over the 8 year old for the majority of the time as Hudson is currently residing in London while working as a judge on the U.K. version of “The Voice,” and regularly travels back and forth to Los Angeles for the U.S. version.

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Hudson has also dropped the emergency order of protection she filed against him, The Blast reported. The website claims that Hudson voluntarily opted to remove the emergency protection order as long as Otunga agreed to never return to his ex’s home.

“This wasn’t a victory for David,” an unnamed source told People. “Jennifer dropped the order so they could remove the matter from the courtroom and work together to do what is best for their child.”

Hudson initially filed the restraining order after claiming that Otunga, 37, had been aggressive and threatening toward her in front of their child, which People confirmed with a statement from Hudson’s representative.

“They have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months,” the statement said. “Today, Jennifer requested and received a protective order against her ex-fiance. Jennifer’s actions are solely taken in the best interest of their son.”

Jennifer Hudson dropped the emergency order of protection she filed against her ex-fiance David Otunga.(Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

In a statement to the publication, Ortunga’s attorney denied any abuse allegations.

“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 read.

TMZ reported that Otunga’s attorney, Tracy Rizzo also stated, “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.”

The couple were engaged in September 2008 after nearly a year of dating. Their son was born in August 2009. The engagement news came just before Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother Jason Hudson were found dead of gunshot wounds in a Chicago home. Her 7-year-old nephew was also found dead. Her former brother-in-law William Balfour was convicted of the murders in 2012.

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Joe Jackson tweets after reports of terminal cancer diagnosis: ‘the sun sets when the time comes’

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:42 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 6:01 PM

What You Need to Know: Joe Jackson

UPDATE June 24:

After reports emerged that Joe Jackson had cancer and not much longer to live, the Jackson family patriarch appears to have commented on the matter himself.

“I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see,” he tweeted Sunday with a photo of himself against a sunset. “The sun rises when the time comes and whether you like it or not the sun sets when the time comes.”

ORIGINAL STORY, June 22:

Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family, doesn’t have much longer to live, according to one of his sons, Jermaine Jackson.

According to the Daily Mail, Joe Jackson, 88, has an “undisclosed terminal illness” and his family members alleged that his handlers are not allowing them to see him. TMZ reported that he is in a hospital with terminal cancer.

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“No one knew what was going on -- we shouldn’t have to beg, plead, and argue to see our own father, especially at a time like this,” Jermaine Jackson told the Daily Mail. “We have been hurting. We were not being told where he was and couldn’t get the full picture. Even from the doctor. My mother was worried sick.”

Jermaine Jackson said family members just want to be near their patriarch during this time.

“He’s very very frail. He doesn’t have long. The family needs to be by his bedside -- that’s our only intention in his final days,” he said.

Reports say Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family, is terminally ill and does not have much longer to live. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET)(Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET)

According to the Daily Mail, Jackson family matriarch Katherine, her daughters Rebbie and Joh'Vonnie and Rebbie’s daughter Yashi Brown were able to visit Joe Jackson in Las Vegas Tuesday. TMZ reported that Katherine Jackson and some children and grandchildren were able to come by for a hospital visit. It is not clear from the Daily Mail’s report if family members visited Joe Jackson at his Las Vegas home, at the hospital or both.

The British tabloid claims that, according to a source close to Janet Jackson, she has also been denied access to her father.

No other members of the Jackson family have publicly commented on the reports.

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Actress Brigitte Nielsen delivers 5th child, a daughter, at age 54

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

Getting to Know Brigitte Nielsen

Actress Brigitte Nielsen has a new baby, delivering her fifth child, a daughter, on Friday in Los Angeles, according to People magazine.

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Nielsen, 54, announced her pregnancy last month on social media. The  baby, named Frida, is the first child for her husband Mattia Dessi.

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“We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter into our lives,” the couple told People. “It’s been a long road, and so worth it. We’ve never been more in love.”

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People reported the baby weighed in at 5 pounds, 9 ounces.

The star of “Red Sonja” and “Beverly Hills Cop II” has been married four times before and has four sons. The oldest is 34.

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Actress Brigitte Nielsen, 54, reveals fifth pregnancy in Instagram posts

Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 3:57 PM

Getting to Know Brigitte Nielsen

Danish actress, model and reality TV personality Brigitte Nielsen is reportedly pregnant with her fifth child.

Entertainment Tonight reported that the 54-year-old known for her roles in “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “Red Sonja” revealed the news in the form of an Instagram post Sunday. She followed up with another post Wednesday. In each, she wears a white top and cradles what appears to be a sizable bump. 

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“Family getting larger,” Nielsen captioned the Sunday photo post.

“Happy time (heart emoji) positive vibes,” she captioned the follow-up image. Both were also posted on Nielsen’s Twitter page.

Nielsen has been married to Italian TV producer Mattia Dessì since 2006. ET reported that she has four adult sons from previous relationships. Nielsen’s son, Julian Winding, 34, is from her marriage to Kasper Winding, which lasted from 1983 to 1984. She had Killian Marcus Nielsen, 28, from her relationship with Mark Gastineau, and her sons Douglas Aaron Meyer, 25, and Raoul Ayrton Meyer Jr., 23, are from her marriage to Raoul Meyer, which lasted from 1993 to 2005.

Nielsen’s most notable romantic relationships come from her two-year marriage to Sylvester Stallone and her reality TV romance with rapper Flavor Flav after the two met on VH1’s “The Surreal Life.”

Other than posting the photos, Nielsen hasn’t commented on her pregnancy. She only liked a reply to her May 27 post that said, “Congratulations.” She responded to the tweet with a kissing face emoji.

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‘Fixer Upper’ stars Chip and Joanna Gaines fined $40,000 over EPA violations

Published: Thursday, June 07, 2018 @ 3:54 PM

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The stars of HGTV’s popular home improvement show “Fixer Upper,” Chip and Joanna Gaines, have settled with the Environmental Protection Agency over alleged violations of lead paint removal at more than 30 properties the couple worked on.

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The Gaines and their remodeling company, Magnolia Homes, based in Waco, Texas, agreed to pay a $40,000 fine after EPA officials saw violations of the Renovation, Remodeling and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) on the show.

The RRP was enacted to insure homeowners and remodelers are not exposed to dangerous levels of lead from lead-based paint often used in homes built before 1978, when the paint was banned. The regulation requires contractors who are remodeling older houses to take precautions to reduce the risk of exposure.

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“Video footage of Magnolia’s renovations of older homes appearing in several seasons of “Fixer Upper” reviewed by EPA did not depict the lead-safe work practices normally required by the RRP Rule,” the agency said in a statement on its website.  

The Gaines took immediate action to comply with the RRP rule and agreed to pay a fine over the violations, EPA officials said. The couple also agreed to spend $160,000 to help remove lead from older homes with children in Waco neighborhoods.

Real estate pros Chip Gaines (R) and Joanna Gaines attend AOL Build Presents: "Fixer Upper" at AOL Studios In New York on December 8, 2015 in New York City.(Rob Kim/Getty Images)

Children younger than 6 are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely impact mental and physical development, and even cause death in the worst cases, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The most common sources of lead poisoning in children are lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in older buildings, but contaminated air, water and soil can also cause dangerous exposure.

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For adults, the most common exposure occurs in those who work with batteries, auto repair workers and home renovators.

 

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