LAS VEGAS — A custody battle literally took center stage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Olivia Wilde was served legal documents concerning the children she shares with Jason Sudeikis while she was speaking on stage at the convention, USA Today reported.
She was at the event to premiere the trailer for “Don’t Worry Darling,” which stars Wilde along with Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan and KiKi Layne.
About halfway through her appearance, she was handed an envelope marked “personal and confidential” by someone in the audience.
Wilde said “Very mysterious. I’m going to open it now,” the Los Angeles Times reported. “Is this a script? OK, got it. Thank you,” she continued. She didn’t disclose what was in the envelope before resuming her talk about the film.
Deadline was first to report that the envelope was custody papers from Sudeikis.
The couple separated in 2020 and had two children together. They were engaged but never married, Deadline said.
Sudeikis said he “had no prior knowledge” that Wilde would be served during the CinemaCon appearance, Variety reported.
“Papers were drawn up to establish jurisdiction relating to the children of Ms. Wilde and Mr. Sudeikis,” a source told Variety. “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.”
CinemaCon officials are not sure how the person who served Wilde was able to get into the event that is held for members of the film industry or who the person was.
Attendees who are not part of the film industry must purchase a badge, and security is tight, with bag checks looking for recording devices and anything that can be deemed dangerous.
Eyewitnesses told Variety the person did have CinemaCon credentials.
“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,” Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon, told Dateline in a statement.
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