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Olivia Wilde Says Jason Sudeikis Custody Paper Ambush Was "Aggressive"

Olivia Wilde claims that her ex Jason Sudeikis meant to "embarrass" her when he served her with custody papers onstage at CinemaCon in April.

Back in April, Olivia Wilde was just trying to live her glamorous life, which in this case meant presenting the trailer for Don’t Worry Darling at CinemaCon, when she was interrupted to get served custody papers — onstage. Now, she has legally filed to dismiss the petition, describing the delivery as “aggressive.”

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"Jason's actions were clearly intended to threaten me and catch me off guard,” she said in the court filing, per Daily Mail. “He could have served me discreetly, but instead he chose to serve me in the most aggressive manner possible.” Hello, the woman is trying to work.


When the incident occurred, Wilde used her improvisational skills to play it off. Being an actor, as it turns out, comes in handy when you’re warding off surprise public humiliation by your ex.


“This is for me? Very mysterious. I’m going to open it now,” she said before glancing at its contents and maintaining a level of composure nobody should ever be asked to maintain in Las Vegas. “Is this a script? OK, got it. Thank you.”

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There is so much Wilde could say to speak to the deviousness of that humiliation, but she put it simply in the filing: "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,” the filing reads.

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Wilde is also seeking custody of their five-year-old daughter Daisy and eight-year-old son Otis. Sudeikis and Wilde were never married but have been sharing custody of their kids since they split.

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"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,” the filing reads.

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Sudeikis maintains that the timing of the delivery was bad, saying that he meant to serve them at the hotel, but not during her presentation.

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"I understand that the process server had only done her job; however, I deeply regret what happened," Sudeikis says. "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."

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He also specifically added that he didn’t want them served at “her partner’s house,” aka the home of Harry Styles that not only graced Better Homes and Gardens, but is the namesake of his latest album. “I did not want service to take place at the home of Olivia's current partner because Otis and Daisy might be present,” he said in the filing, adding: "I did not want service to take place at the children's school because parents might be present.”

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On Aug. 10, the judge sided with Wilde, dismissing the custody petitions filed by Sudeikis as they weren’t filed in California, where the kids live. Unfortunately, there will likely be more court drama to come, but hopefully nothing more involving a stage.

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