Dwyane and Siohvaughn Wade were sweethearts since they were 15 years old and separated back in 2007 (and it had nothing to do with Star Jones). They're currently in the midst of a highly acrimonious divorce. In case you couldn't tell.
But first thing's first—these are some pretty damning allegations being lobbed, and the accused parties have wasted no time in issuing denials.
"Each and every allegation made is entirely false," proclaimed Union's attorney, C. Anthony Mulrain, who noted that Gabrielle was not even in the same state as the children during the time the allegations purportedly took place.
"I can state with certainty that the claims Siohvaughn made about Gabrielle are untrue," Wade said in a statement of his own, going on to say that he was "shocked that Siohvaughn Wade has brought this baseless and meritless lawsuit in the name of our children against Gabrielle Union."
Now that that's out of the way, let's get contentious.
The lawsuit was filed in Chicago's Cook County Court Tuesday. In court docs, Siohvaughn claims her oldest son, Zaire, has been forced to seek medical treatment for stress and anxiety, and has developed nervous habits, suffers from headaches and anxiety and is now dealing with "significant" hair loss as a result of the distress of his father's relationship.
And lest you think that his mother is exaggerating his symptoms, he has also been ordered by the court to undergo mental evaluations at the University of Chicago.
Younger son Zion, meanwhile, allegedly nearly drowned while under his father's care, something Siohvaughn's lawsuit seems to blame on Dwyane's focus being severely diverted whenever Union is nearby.
But while there are a host of claims that require extensive follow-up, a few are just plain ridiculous.
Like, according to the suit, Union must be a devious, conniving mistress—'cause she played one on TV!
Union "has played sexually explicit roles, including roles as a seductress," the suit states. "[Union] has apparently decided to take her role beyond the films and into the home of a married man, Dwyane Wade, in the presence of his two minor children."
Is it just us or does that not sound 100 percent objective? Siohvaughn also claims that her estranged hubby added insult to injury and last year had the nerve to buy the boys "medium size gifts" for Christmas, while Gabrielle got "the biggest gift of all."
The suit sadly doesn't include a running tally of Wade's gift list, but we're guessing that's not a euphemism.
"She makes allegations about some incidents that occurred in December 2009 at or around Christmas when the children were with Dwyane, including some foreplay, hugging, kissing and other allegations," Wade's attorney James Pritikin said. "This pops up for the first time in this complaint, which seems to suggest to me that it's rather creative writing."
As for the more pertinent allegations, per the suit, a child representative was appointed by the court to discuss the stressful situation with the 8-year-old, who then asked the rep to put his father in jail. He also said he did not want to go home, although he had another name for it: "the house where the woman kissing daddy lives."
If the allegations put forth in the lawsuit are true, Wade certainly didn't seem to help matters. When the 28-year-old introduced his boys to Union, he referred to her as both his "girlfriend" (fair enough) and the reason "why your mom and I are going to divorce" (not so fair).
As a result, the younger son—the 2-year-old—is now reportedly suffering from depression and "feelings of rejection."
However, Union's lawyer says that these allegations are patently untrue as well as unoriginal, saying they were made in court a month ago and thrown out.
"The court ultimately rejected these claims as frivolous," Mulrain said. "Gabrielle apologizes to the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill., for tying them up with erroneous claims when there are real victims who should be receiving the legal attention they need."
"My primary concern is my children and actions such as this only inflame the situation and are harmful to their well-being," Wade said.
The case is set to go to trial in June, though a motion is pending to have it pushed back to September, when cooler heads (and the truth) may prevail.
—Additional reporting by Whitney English