“Winnie the Pooh” star Jim Cummings and his ex-wife were granted restraining orders against one another but the judge in their case scolded them both for not putting their children first.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Cummings and his ex, Stephanie Cummings, must each stay 100 yards away from one another. The order does not apply during child visitation interactions.
Both of the orders are in place until May 9, 2022.
During a hearing last Thursday, the judge in the case cited bad parenting on both ends and said they were “destroying” their daughters by “keeping the kids in the middle.”
The judge said the best interests of the children were not being met and Jim (who was awarded primary custody) and Stephanie needed to put their children’s needs ahead of their own.
Cummings did not present any evidence during the hearing refuting his ex-wife’s claim of sexual assault during their marriage.
Larry Bakman, Stephanie’s attorney, tells The Blast, “While I understand that the Court was child focused in this matter, having given the children’s best interest priority, I have to respectfully disagree with the Court’s conclusions. When the Court found today that the evidence presented by Stephanie supports a finding of sexual assault/rape, committed by Cummings, only to then find that nasty text messages sent by Stephanie which threatened to disclose the years of abuse, both sexual and emotional, as committed by Winnie the Pooh somehow has parity with his sexual deviance so as to support a finding that both Cummings and his wife should be viewed in the same light as primary aggressors, that conclusion is lost on me.”
As The Blast first reported, Jim Cummings — known for characters like Tigger, Mickey Mouse villain, Pete, and Winnie the Pooh — has been in a years-long legal battle with his ex-wife, who claims she suffered years of abuse by the star, including sexual assault, drug addiction, and animal abuse.
The legal battle between the two has been so volatile, that law enforcement, including officials with child protective services in three different states, have been investigating the couple for years.