Wilde is said to have initially thought she was being offered a new screenplay before discovering the custody documents
While on stage to promote her new project, actress and director Olivia Wilde was served with legal papers on behalf of her ex-fiancé Jason Sudeikis.
Wilde was presenting her upcoming movie Don’t Worry Darling, starring her partner Harry Styles, at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday when she was handed a brown envelope.
According to I reports, someone left the sitting section and slid the “secret and confidential” envelope over the front of the stage to Wilde.
According to the news website Deadline, Wilde initially assumed she was being offered a new screenplay before discovering custody documents relating to the two children she shares with her ex-partner, Otis, eight, and Daisy, five.
Wilde asked the audience at the event: “This is for me, right?”, as she introduced footage from her film.
She then said: “Very mysterious. I’m going to open it now.”
As Wilde glanced at its contents she asked: “Is this a script?… OK, got it. Thank you.”
Sudeikis was reportedly taken aback by how Wilde was “served” in such a public way and was unaware of how the papers would be delivered to her.
A source close to Sudeikis told the Variety website: “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.”
In 2011, Wilde met Sudeikis, who played Remy “Thirteen” Hadley in the hospital drama House. The couple divorced in 2020, and the details of their child custody arrangement are kept a secret.
Meanwhile, following questions over how the papers were delivered to Wilde on stage, CinemaCon has announced that it will “re-evaluate” its security protocols.
It said in a statement: “We will act accordingly because it’s the right thing to do. We want to do the safe, proper thing.”
I have reached out to representatives for Wilde and Sudeikis for comment.