The shocking moment Olivia Wilde was served custody papers on stage in her ugly custody battle with Jason Sudeikis has been captured on video.
Wilde was in the middle of speaking about her new film Don’t Worry Darling at CinemaCon last Tuesday when she was delivered a manila envelope on stage.
The actress, 38, opened the envelope in front of audience members and seemed momentarily caught off guard after realizing what had been sent to her.
Stunning: The shocking moment Olivia Wilde was served custody papers on stage in her ugly custody battle with Jason Sudeikis has been captured on video
However, she didn’t let the shocking delivery stop her from continuing on with her speech.
‘This is for me? Right now?’ Olivia asked when the envelope, labeled ‘Personal and Confidential’, first appeared on stage. Several audience members giggled at the sight. ‘This is very mysterious. I’m going to open it now… is this a script?’ she asked.
She opened the envelope, pulled out the documents and quickly scanned them. The actress then briefly acknowledged she had received them before continuing on with her presentation.
‘Oh, okay. Got it. Thank you,’ she said.
‘Got it’: Seconds after opening the envelope, she realized what had been sent to her but did not reveal its contents and continued her speech
Shocking moment: Wilde opened the envelope after it was sent to her on stage
No one was initially sure what had happened, though speculation abound that she had been served.
On Wednesday, Deadline reported the manila envelope contained custody papers from Sudeikis.
Variety claimed that Sudeikis did not know Wilde would be served the papers in such a public and humiliating way. The actress is currently dating pop star Harry Styles, 28, who she met while she was directing her upcoming thriller, in which he stars alongside Florence Pugh.
A source told the publication: ‘Papers were drawn up to establish jurisdiction relating to the children of Ms. Wilde and Mr. Sudeikis.
What is this? She opened the envelope, pulled out the documents and quickly scanned them before briefly acknowledging them and continuing on with her speech
‘This is for me?’ Wilde was initially perplexed by the sight of the delivery in the middle of her speech
‘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.’
Wilde and Sudeikis began dating in November 2011 and got engaged in December 2012, before eventually splitting in November 2020. They share two children together – eight-year-old son Otis and five-year-old daughter Daisy.
Details of their current custody arrangement remain private, and neither Olivia nor Jason have commented on the contents of the envelope.
Deadline reported the next day that the manila envelope that was placed on stage contained custody papers from Sudeikis
‘I’m going to open it now’: Wilde opened up the envelope and pulled out the contents on stage
Before Deadline broke the news, it had been speculated that Wilde had been served.
Reporter Chris Lee detailed her reaction on stage in a tweet, which read: ‘Half way through her schpiel about Don’t Worry Darling, Olivia Wilde was handed a manila envelope. Seemed like she got served a lawsuit!’
He said that the Booksmart director said: ‘This is for me? Is this a script? Ok got it. Thank you.’
‘Seemed like she got served a lawsuit!’ Initially no one was certain what was in the envelope, but people speculated she was served legal documents
Confusion: Reporter Chris Lee added of the sight, ‘I thought it was part of the presentation or a joke. But then…that was the end of it’
Lee added: ‘I thought it was part of the presentation or a joke. But then…that was the end of it.’
Another audience member, Jim Vejvoda, tweeted: ‘Was Olivia Wilde served with papers onstage at CinemaCon?
‘Some woman walked up to the stage and left an envelope for her. Olivia opened it and then never addressed it and continued on with her presentation.
‘We were expecting a bit but she never addressed the papers.’
Legal matters: Deadline reported that the papers were delivered to Wilde by a process server who was hired by Sudeikis’ Brooklyn-based attorneys to issue the legal documents
CinemaCon said they are now reevaluating their security procedures, in light of the incident: ‘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,’ Mitch Neuhauser Managing Director of CinemaCon said in a statement to Deadline.
‘In light of this incident, we are reevaluating our security procedures to ensure the safety of all our attendees.’ In order to get into Vegas’ Colosseum for CinemaCon, non-industry attendees need to purchase a badge.
Deadline reported that the papers were delivered to Wilde by a process server who was hired by Sudeikis’ Brooklyn-based attorneys to issue the legal documents.
The process of serving someone with papers must be conducted by a third party who is over the age of 18. This person can be a law officer, a friend or family member, or – as was the case with Wilde – a hired process server who is paid to deliver the legal documents in-person.
Rules for serving papers vary from state to state, however typically the law dictates that papers must be handed to a defendant directly.
Wilde’s latest film Don’t Worry Darling is being released by Warner Brothers this coming September and stars her much younger boyfriend Styles.
The duo formed a close bond while shooting the psychological thriller, which also features the likes of Florence Pugh and Gemma Chan, in 2020.
News of Wilde and Sudeikis’s split came on November 13, 2020 with sources claiming at the time that it was ‘amicable’ and that their two children son Otis and daughter Daisy Josephine would remain a ‘priority.’
Family matters: Wilde and Sudeikis began dating in November 2011 and got engaged in December 2012, before eventually splitting in November 2020. They share two children together – eight-year-old son Otis and five-year-old daughter Daisy; pictured 2018