Location matters in more than just real estate. When serving your ex with legal papers, it may not be the best idea to go out of your way to do so in the most public, potentially embarrassing and “outrageous” manner — as Olivia Wilde claims her ex Jason Sudeikis did when he had her served while mid-presentation on stage at CinemaCon in April.
In court documents obtained by the Daily Mail, the actress and director legally filed to dismiss the Ted Lasso star’s custody petition, which she received while on stage. In the documents, Wilde claims that her ex’s “actions were clearly intended to threaten me and catch me off guard. He could have served me discreetly, but instead he chose to serve me in the most aggressive manner possible.”
“The fact that Jason would embarrass me professionally and put our personal conflict on public display in this manner is extremely contrary to our children’s best interests,” Wilde added.
According to the Daily Mail, the court filings suggest that a key issue in the custody battle is also location-based: Sudeikis wants the ex-couple’s kids — Otis, 8, and Daisy, 5 — to live in New York, while Wilde wants to parent the kids in California before potentially moving to London late next year.
“Both Judge Powell and this Referee agreed that New York was not the home state of the subject children; but rather California was the children’s home state,” court documents stated.
As for the “embarrassing” on-stage papers incident, Sudeikis addressed the incident in his own filing. As the Daily Mail reported, Sudeikis said that it wasn’t his intention to serve Wilde on stage.
“I understand that the process server had only done her job; however, I deeply regret what happened,” Sudeikis said. “Olivia’s talk was an important event for Olivia, both professionally and personally, and I am very, very sorry that the incident marred her special moment.”
According to the Daily Mail, Sudeikis also seems to have addressed Styles by adding that “I did not want service to take place at the home of Olivia’s current partner because Otis and Daisy might be present.”
Whatever Sudeikis’ intentions were, it does seem that putting the custody dispute on stage certainly hasn’t helped to soften tensions for the co-parenting pair.