Legendary Disney voice actor Jim Cummings — known for characters like Tigger, Mickey Mouse villain, Pete, and Winnie the Pooh — is currently locked in a bitter war with his ex-wife and she is claiming years of abuse by the star, including sexual assault, drug addiction and animal abuse.
Jim and Stephanie Cummings were married in 2001 and divorced a decade later, in 2011. They have two minor daughters, Johanna and Lulu, and have been arguing in an L.A. County courtroom over alleged incidents of abuse that occurred between 2011 and 2018, after the couple's marriage fell apart.
Allegations of Rape/Sexual Assault
According to documents obtained by The Blast, Stephanie claims that since her divorce from Jim, he "has engaged in physical, sexual and emotional abuse including but not limited to death threats, rape, and various sexual deviant behavior forced upon me without my consent."
Stephanie also notes that Jim is a "very successful voice over actor. He has provided voices for such films as 'Winnie the Pooh,' 'Lion King,'" and adds that "he has done over 250 voices."
She claims to have obtained two separate domestic violence restraining orders against the 66-year-old star, including after an incident on August 31, 2011, when she says Jim came over to her home and slapped her on the buttocks and forced himself on her in front of their 4-year-old daughter.
"He later came up behind me," she claims, "grabbed my arm, spun me around, and forcefully put his hand on the back of my neck and kissed me while holding me in place against the wall."
She says after the kiss, Jim asked if she could "see him leaking, because that's what I make him do when he touches me." Stephanie says she felt "humiliated and degraded" in front of their child, and allegedly reported the incident to the L.A. County Sheriff, who advised her to get a domestic violence restraining order.
According to documents, Jim did not dispute the incident but remembers it differently than his ex. The Disney star said he was "joking and laughing" with Stephanie, and then "I touched her slightly on the butt." He says Stephanie gave him a consensual hug and says "the whole incident was happy." He added that his ex-wife, "who is much taller than I am, and a large woman, made no objection to anything."
Stephanie also claims that she was raped by Jim in 2013, and allegedly filed a police report over the incident but did not give more detail. In open court testimony, Stephanie describes how she entered rehab after the rape for "co-dependency" and Jim showed up to the facility unannounced and was asked to leave.
She claims that Jim would frequently "without consent, would touch my buttocks, my groin, and my breasts. He would hold me in place attempting to kiss and fondle me. He would spank me in front of our daughters. He would then follow up by making sexual comments to me that I found repugnant."
Of all the inappropriate comments he allegedly made to the former couple's daughters, Stephanie claims Jim commented that he was allowed to "touch Mommy’s breasts since he had paid for them." Stephanie broke down in tears on the stand while recalling some of the comments made to her by Cummings.
In documents, Jim addressed the situation, writing in an email to Stephanie, "Shame on you, you’re [sic] distortions are obscene. 'forcing'? Please, everyone, Gracie myself and especially YOU were all giggling and laughing, it was pleasant to have one moment of light-heartedness. We both erupted into laughter…I’m hardly the first person in the world to point out one 'catches more flys [sic] with honey than vinegar' for you to overlay a reference to being a whore is little too telling, Let’s get this over with for the love of God.”
The ex-couple has also been fighting for custody and support payments and, in legal documents, Stephanie claims Jim would withhold payments of support and "demand sex from me in exchange for meeting his support obligations."
In 2015, she claims Jim showed up to her home and confronted her while on a date with an off-duty police officer, and the man was forced to pull his gun to make Jim leave the scene.
Stephanie says the constant harassment from Jim resulted in a decline in her health, so in 2017, she moved to Utah with their two daughters.
During a visit to see the children, she claims Jim asked to stay at the house and she allowed it. However, during the middle of the night, she claims Jim was "standing over me with his erect penis in my hand. He was using my hand to stroke his penis while my youngest daughter was asleep on the other side of me. She was 10 years old at the time."
Stephanie explained, "I told him to stop and get out of the house. He refused. He then came back and did the same thing, insisting I masturbate him or he would wake Lulu up. I did as he asked given his threat to wake up my daughter and my worry that I could not control what he would do in front of her."
After that incident, Stephanie says she obtained the second restraining order against Jim, which was filed in Utah. In 2018, both Stephanie and Jim testified in court and the restraining order was issued against Jim for two years.
Allegations of Drug Use
In the court documents, Stephanie says, "The primary reason James and I separated was his abuse of alcohol, marijuana, and Adderall."
Stephanie says Jim has had a longstanding history of substance abuse, including a stint in rehab in 2005 and on June 10, 2010, he checked in again and stayed for four days before checking out. Stephanie says he ended up relapsing and returned to the facility for five days before getting "kicked out because he was using Adderall."
She claims after the couple split, between 2012 and 2018, Jim has shown up at her home "uninvited while intoxicated or high on Adderall."
Jim denied the allegations were as stated saying, “I entered that rehab facility voluntarily. However, Petitioner's claim that it was a binge on alcohol, marijuana and Adderall is another exaggeration as I have never taken Adderall... Petitioner, however, has had a long standing [sic] history of drug abuse. On the day that Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Petitioner and I mutually agreed to check into a rehabilitation facility." He claims the substance abuse consisted of "primarily Vicodin as well as alcohol.”
Allegations of Animal Abuse
In her argument to get full custody of the two children, Stephanie claims Jim once abused the family puppy to the point where it almost died.
Stephanie says she and Jim had purchased a dog and the animal urinated in the house. As a result, Stephanie says Jim "took the dog and placed it inside a metal bucket outside of the house on a day which it was over 100 degrees, then left it there for a long time," adding, "The dog came close to dying."
In response to the animal abuse allegations, Jim admitted to the incident, but says, "There was an incident where I put a 'tub' (not a metal bucket) over a dog to isolate it briefly as a form of discipline to its behavior at our vet’s suggestion, and unfortunately I forgot the dog was there for a while, but then of course I released it."
Jim says he took the dog to the vet to get checked out and claims it was in fine health.
She also claims in another incident, Jim had "taken a broom and hit the puppy so hard that he shattered the puppy’s hip necessitating surgery."
Ongoing Court Battle and Current Situation
Stephanie and Jim are currently giving dueling testimony in a Los Angeles courtroom about the years of allegations and ongoing incidents. Jim was actually on the stand for two days being questioned by powerhouse attorney Larry Bakman and giving his side of the story.
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The Disney star says he has tried to work out things "amicably" with his ex-wife but says, "She will have outbursts of hostility directed at me, and often change in her behavior and attitude comes without warning."
He has also alleged she may have a mental health disorder and says she has been taking medication.
Jim is also very worried about his future with Disney, claiming Stephanie has threatened to ruin his longstanding career. He claims she threatened, "I will go and I will ruin your reputation … I am going to tell people Winnie the Pooh is a woman beating, drug addicted freak!"
He says the recent alleged outburst by Stephanie came after he had refused to take her to the premiere of the Disney movie "Christopher Robin" in 2018.
Stephanie has also given testimony and is accusing Jim of currently living with a woman who was once a sex worker. The woman, Peggy Schinke, rose to fame as one of the prostitutes who worked with Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. During a 1990s sting operation, Peggy was one of four women who met with undercover vice officers for Beverly Hills PD. It was a pivotal moment in the Fleiss criminal case.
"Winnie the Pooh lives with a whore, pays a whore to pretend to be his girlfriend, rapes and abuses the mother of his kids," Stephanie said. She also claims Jim has tried to get her to "kill herself" and has referred to his two daughters as "n-word babies."
She says Jim is a "much smaller version of Harvey Weinstein," who needs help for his alleged addictions. She is making it clear she believes her daughters' lives are in danger around Jim and she wants full custody of the kids.
According to records, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services has investigated the case and have been in contact with the couple.
The Blast reached out to Disney several times before publishing this story -- so far they have not commented.