On November 17, news broke that “Dreamgirls” star Jennifer Hudson had filed a restraining order against former fiancé David Otunga. The couple had been together for about a decade.
According to order of protection documents obtained by TMZ, Hudson, 36, claimed that Otunga exhibited “aggressive, threatening and harassing behavior” toward her, and that she was living in fear of further action he may take. The order of protection gives Hudson exclusive possession of their shared residence an orders Otunga to stay away from Hudson and their son, David Jr.
The legal documentation also chronicles many other accusations against Otunga, including the following. Per TMZ:
She claims on Wednesday she was at a recording session in Chicago with their son, David Jr., and David made a series of phone calls to reach her. When he couldn’t get her, he asked their son to record the scene. Hudson says David wanted their son to show she was dating one of her producers … something she denies.
She says when she got home David was visibly angry, grabbed David Jr. by the hand and physically pushed Hudson out of the master suite. She claims their son, a makeup artist and an assistant all witnessed the incident.
She says this was just the most recent in a pattern of escalating and threatening behavior and she says she’s especially concerned because David is a 6’3″ 240 lb professional wrestler.
Hudson goes on to say in legal docs, on occasion David left a gun and holster on their kitchen counter. He said it was a movie prop, but Hudson says, “David knows that I am and have been very sensitive to firearms after my mother and my brother were murdered by a firearm.” She says, “I believe that he left it out to taunt, intimidate and frighten me, which he absolutely accomplished.”
Unfortunately, this pattern of abuse is all too familiar. Hudson isn’t the first celebrity to file a restraining order against a partner. Here are 11 other famous women that have filed restraining orders against their sometimes abusive boyfriends, husbands and exes.