Olivia Wilde has slammed her ex-fiance Jason Sudeikis for infamously serving her custody papers in front of a large audience while onstage at the 2022 CinemaCon back in April.
The 38-year-old actress how now called the ugly incident ‘an attack on her workplace’, but said she was not suprised at it happening because there was a ‘reason’ she left that relationship.
Olivia and Jason, who first met in 2011, have two children together – eight-year-old Otis, and five-year-old Daisy.
Four months ago, Olivia was on stage at the ComicCon event in Las Vegas to promote her upcoming film Don’t Worry Darling when she was ambushed with a petition from Jason – who wanted their children to live with him in New York City.
The actress slammed her ex-fiance for the way it happened as she told Variety in her cover story: ‘It was my workplace. In any other workplace, it would be seen as an attack.
Ouch: Olivia Wilde was infamously served custody papers from Jason Sudeikis in front of a large audience while onstage at the 2022 CinemaCon back in April
Former flame: The 38-year-old actress and filmmaker pulled no punches when discussing the ugly public incident involving the 46-year-old father of her two children, as the former couple are seen together in December 2019
‘It was really upsetting. It shouldn’t have been able to happen. There was a huge breach in security, which is really scary.
‘The hurdles that you had to jump through to get into that room with several badges, plus special COVID tests that had to be taken days in advance, which gave you wristbands that were necessary to gain access to the event — this was something that required forethought.’
Olivia and Jason were in a relationship for nearly a decade from 2011 to 2020 and she blasted her ex for serving her in such a public way at Cinemacon.
Not the right time: Four months ago Olivia was presenting at the event in Las Vegas to promote her upcoming film Don’t Worry Darling when she was ambushed with a petition from Jason in which he asked for their eight-year-old Otis and five-year-old Daisy to eventually reside with him in New York.
The actress slammed her ex-fiance for the way it happened as she told Variety: ‘It was my workplace. In any other workplace, it would be seen as an attack’
The House star did not hold back as she explained: ‘To try to sabotage that was really vicious. But I had a job to do; I’m not easily distracted.
‘But, you know, sadly, it was not something that was entirely surprising to me. I mean, there’s a reason I left that relationship.’
A source close to the former couple told DailyMail.com exclusively back in April that Jason had ‘no idea’ the papers were being served to her in that way.
‘Jason had no idea that this was happening,’ the insider shared. ‘Nobody knew until the photos suddenly appeared. He is appalled about the whole thing and never would have wanted Olivia to be put in this kind of situation.
Olivia and Jason (seen with their kids in February 2020) were in a relationship for nearly a decade from 2011 to 2020 and she believes their children are the victims in all of this as she said: ‘The only people who suffered were my kids, because they’ll have to see that, and they shouldn’t ever have to know that happened
‘His sole priority is their children and making sure that they are safe and happy.’
She is currently dating One Direction boybander and star of her latest film Harry Styles, 28, as the two have been romantically linked since January 2021.
Regardless the star was able to shake off any feelings she had about being given the documents onstage and focus on the task at hand.
She said: ‘I hated that this nastiness distracted from the work of so many different people and the studio that I was up there representing.’
The Booksmart director got candid as she said that the children they share together are the only real victims in the ugliness between the former couple.
Olivia said: ‘The only people who suffered were my kids, because they’ll have to see that, and they shouldn’t ever have to know that happened. For me, it was appalling, but the victims were an 8- and 5-year-old, and that’s really sad.
Sweet: Wilde is now dating Harry Styles, 28, after the pair formed a close bond while shooting the psychological thriller in late 2020 (pictured together on set)
Olivia said that when she has custody of the two (seen in an Instagram photo), she spends quality time with them as she makes them breakfast, never misses bedtime, and even takes them to school as she gushed: ‘They are my world. They are my best friends’
‘I chose to become an actress; I willingly walked into the spotlight. But it’s not something my children have asked for. And when my kids are dragged into it, it’s deeply painful.’
The actress also revealed that she splits custody with Jason as their kids go back and forth between them week to week.
Olivia said that when she has custody of the two, she spends quality time with them as she makes them breakfast, never misses bedtime, and even takes them to school as she gushed: ‘They are my world. They are my best friends.’
The actress recently received a legal win when a judge ruled California was the home state of their kids and last week an insider told People that she ‘wants to focus on what’s best for the kids’ and opened up about their custody issues.
‘She and Jason don’t speak to each other, so they have help communicating about the custody schedule’: The actress recently received a legal win when a judge ruled California was the home state of their kids and last week an insider told People that she ‘wants to focus on what’s best for the kids’ and opened up about their custody issues, the family are seen in March 2018
‘She and Jason don’t speak to each other, so they have help communicating about the custody schedule,’ the source said.
While Olivia is ‘upset about the custody drama’, she still wants their children to see their father ‘as much as possible.’
‘She hopes they can figure out the best living situation for everyone,’ the insider said of the actress.
This came after Olivia won her New York custody battle against Jason after a judge ruled that California was her children’s home state.
Heating up: She has accused the Ted Lasso star of serving her custody papers ‘in the most aggressive way possible,’ DailyMail.com exclusively revealed recently, the former couple are seen in January 2012
Sudeikis had filed the suit against his ex in New York City Family Court over their two children in October 2021. He had wanted his two children with Wilde to live with him in Brooklyn.
Wilde, however, wanted them to stay with her in Los Angeles, and possibly relocate to London, where her boyfriend Harry Styles lives.
Happier times: Sudeikis had filed the suit against his ex in New York City Family Court over their two children in October 2021. He had wanted his two children with Wilde to live with him in Brooklyn, pictured in 2018
On August 5, a New York judge dismissed the case ruling ‘New York was not the home state of the subject children’ and that rather ‘California was the children’s home state.’
‘Therefore, for the reasons stated on the record on July 15, 2022, respondent’s motion to dismiss the custody petitions filed on October 21, 2021 is granted,’ the filing, which was reviewed by Page Six, stated.
The court determined ‘New York does not have jurisdiction to hear the custody petitions’ because it is not Otis and Daisy’s home state.
Wilde filed a petition to ‘determine parental relationship in Superior Court of California, in LA’ on May, the filing noted. Her legal team moved to legally dismiss Sudekis’ custody case on May 18.
The custody battle will now have to be tried in California, so the ‘whole thing will start over’ in court there, legal experts allege.
Holly Davis, a family law attorney at Texas-based Kirker Davis LLP with extensive experience in high-net-worth divorce cases, said it is also very unlikely that Wilde will be permitted to take the children to London.
‘It is highly unlikely that Olivia can move to the UK due to the principle that family courts hold to, which is to keep parents together generally near their children while they are divorcing,’ Davis told DailyMail.com.
‘It is possible that at the end of a hearing and after evidence and argument are made, one parent could move. But it is not a unilateral decision that gets made by one parent.’
She added: ‘Celebrities and influential people have a hard time with this concept, especially when it pertains to their children and family, but it is an important concept in family law cases all across the country.’
Legal victory: The judge, in a legal filing signed August 5, ruled ‘New York was not the home state of the subject children’ and that rather ‘California was the children’s home state’; pictured December 2021
If Wilde and Sudeikis cannot reach an agreement about their children’s residency, a judge will decide, Davis explained.
Court filings obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com revealed the exes’ once-amicable custody and co-parenting agreement turned into a bitter dispute over Wilde’s plans to relocate to London.
In Wilde’s motion to dismiss the action, the actress claimed she and Sudeikis had initially agreed to send their kids back to school in Los Angeles for the upcoming school year since Sudeikis was due to wrap up the final season of Apple TV series Ted Lasso which had required him to be in London.
‘Recently, however, Jason decided that he wanted to go to New York for the next year while he is not working, and wanted the children to be with him there during this time off,’ the actress said in the filing.
‘When I did not agree, since the children have not lived in New York for several years, Jason filed these papers.’
Wilde, who began dating Styles in January 2021, argued that the children have spent most of the last four years in LA or in London, even attending schools in the two cities.
She was infamously served the court documents on April 26 as she spoke about her new movie on stage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
The Hollywood star was in the middle of a presentation for 4,100 film industry executives about her upcoming thriller Don’t Worry Darling when she was awkwardly handed a manila envelope by a court process server.
Wilde referenced the embarrassing Cinemacon incident for the first time in her court motion, slamming her ex for his ‘outrageous legal tactics’ and delivering the documents ‘mid-speech.’
‘Jason’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,’ she said in the documents.
‘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.
‘Since Jason has made it clear that we will not be able to work this out for our children’s sake outside of the court system, I filed a petition for custody in Los Angeles.’
That was then: The former couple pictured with son Otis in New York in 2014
According to the court filings, Wilde and Sudeikis were largely based in New York for most of their relationship, with both of their kids being born in the city.
The two shared a home in Brooklyn after buying the property in 2014 for $6.5million and lived there sporadically until 2019, when a mold issue made the house completely uninhabitable.
Throughout that timeframe, Sudeikis and Wilde also spent substantial periods of time in Los Angeles due to their work commitments, but – according to the actor – considered the Brooklyn home their main family residence.
In his declaration to the court, Sudeikis said that while he, Wilde, and their two kids had been living in London since December 2021, he intended to return to his ‘permanent home’ in Brooklyn when filming for Ted Lasso concluded in July.
He said he hoped that his ex and their children would also return to New York so they could continue their current custody arrangement.
Sudeikis said he now believes those plans are ‘unlikely to occur’ after Wilde ‘insisted upon’ living with their kids in LA and asked him to join them during a discussion over custody in April.
Neither of the parties publicly addressed the incident, and a source close to Sudeikis later claimed that he did not know Wilde would be served the papers in such a public and humiliating way; Wilde pictured November 2021
She also disclosed her future plans to move to London – where she has been living with former One Direction star Styles, 28 – at the end of next year.
‘For better or worse, I am a New Yorker,’ Sudeikis said, adding that it was in the kids’ best interests to grow up in Brooklyn.
He also claimed he had been ‘reluctant’ to serve Wilde with papers because he continues ‘to care deeply for her’, but said he was spooked by two particular statements during their conversation.
‘First, Olivia said that if I did not reside full-time in Los Angeles, she would allow me to spend time with Otis and Daisy on weekends and during vacation periods – thus depriving me of my right to parent the children during important periods of their lives…,’ Sudeikis said.
He continued: ‘Second, Olivia said that she intended to relocate with the children to London following the close of school in 2023.’
Sudeikis, ‘fearful’ that she would ‘take Otis and Daisy’ from him, said he then asked his attorney in that moment to serve the summons and petition to Wilde knowing she was scheduled to travel to LA the next morning.
‘Feel great distress’: Sudeikis claimed he was ‘deeply upset’ at the turn of events and later found out that Wilde’s whereabouts were tracked down thanks to a tweet speculating her appearance at CinemaCon; pictured June 2022
The actor claimed he had always hoped she would be served in a ‘benign manner’ and requested service take place at Heathrow Airport, rather than at Styles’ home.
‘I did not want service to take place at the home of Olivia’s current partner because Otis and Daisy might be present. I did not want service to take place at the children’s school because parents might be present,’ Sudeikis said.
The actor goes on to say that the process server was ultimately unable to serve Wilde at the intended location that day due to a series of logistical mishaps.
He said he would only learn Wilde would be ultimately served in public days later when the incident made headlines.
Sudeikis claimed he was ‘deeply upset’ at the turn of events and later found out that Wilde’s whereabouts were tracked down thanks to a tweet speculating her appearance at CinemaCon.
An attempt was made to serve Wilde at her hotel in Las Vegas where the event was held, but after that failed, the server ‘noticed Olivia at the Warner Brothers Panel and proceeded to serve the Summons and Petition upon Olivia.’
Sudeikis said he continues to ‘feel great distress at the manner in which service was made.’
‘I understand that the process server had only done her job; however, I deeply regret what happened. 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,’ he added.