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A potential custody dispute between two Hollywood celebrities became unusually public when one of them was served with legal papers in front of a live audience.
Actress Oliva Wilde was in the middle of giving a presentation about her new movie perhaps ironically called “Don’t Worry Darling” at CinemaCon in Las Vegas when someone from the audience reportedly approached and handed her a manila envelope marked personal and confidential.
“This is for me?” she reportedly asked before examining the contents.
According to reports, the contents delivered by a process server contained custody-related documents from her ex, Jason Sudeikis, the “Ted Lasso” star.
The former couple has two kids together. “Wilde, 38, and Sudeikis, 46, split in November 2020 after seven years together. They were engaged and co-parent son Otis, 8 and 5-year-old daughter Daisy,” the New York Post explained.
In the entertainment tradition of the show must go on, Wilde apparently kept her cool in front of approximately 4,000 entertainment-industry attendees at the Caesars Palace event and continued to promote the movie that she directed and that stars boyfriend Harry Styles.
In this instance, the phrase “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” hardly applies in that the incident Tuesday evening is receiving an immense amount of coverage.
In a statement from someone supposedly close to the situation that was shared with several news outlets, Team Sudeikis, as it were, claims it didn’t orchestrate this as a stunt or have the intent of embarrassing Wilde out in the open about a personal matter.
Sudeikis plays a soccer coach in the comedy-drama series that streams on Apple TV+. The show is filmed in the London area, which may or may not have something to do with the custody issue.
As alluded to above, “Papers were drawn up to establish jurisdiction relating to the children of Ms. Wilde and Mr. Sudeikis. Mr. Sudeikis had no prior knowledge of the time or place that the envelope would have been delivered, as this would solely be up to the process service company involved, and he would never condone her being served in such an inappropriate manner,” The Hollywood Reporter quoted the insider as saying.
In the aftermath of this incident, CinemaCon is apparently beefing up its safety procedures.
“We have never in the history of the convention had an incident where a delegate has approached the stage who was not authorized to be there. In light of this incident, we are reevaluating our security procedures to ensure the safety of all our attendees,” Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser told Deadline Hollywood.
“In order to get into the Colosseum for CinemaCon, non-industry attendees need to purchase a badge…When Deadline spoke to those involved in running the show at the Colosseum, they were unaware how the person got in the building, or who they were. Note that CinemaCon is heavily staffed with security who typically check bags extensively for recording and dangerous devices as well as shepherd the crowd in and out of the event after each studio presentation,” Deadline Hollywood added.
Watch a report about the incident from E! News:
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