Siohvaughn Wade, wife of NBA star Dwayne Wade, filed suit against actress Gabrielle Union yesterday claiming Union inflicted “emotional distress” on she and her children due to her relationship with Wade’s estranged husband during their ongoing divorce battle.
Siohvaughn Wade alleges the NBA star and his girlfriend engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior in front of the couple’s two sons, aged eight and two, and that the older child has been so affected by his father’s new relationship that he is experiencing significant stress and anxiety including hair loss. (The suit indicates the child has “bald patches.”) The suit also alleges the younger child was allowed near a swimming pool unsupervised, and seems to pit the children against their father in court statements:
The 8-year-old later told court-appointed child representative Lester Barelay what happened and asked him “to put his father in jail…” so he would not have to return to the home, which he calls “the house where the woman kissing daddy lives,” the suit said.
Wade denies that his wife’s allegations have any merit:
“I can state with certainty that the claims Siohvaughn made about Gabrielle are untrue. I am deeply saddened and disappointed that Siohvaughn has used our sons once again as pawns and is now lashing out at Gabrielle, who is an innocent party,” Wade said in the statement, released through his PR firm.
Siohvaughn Wade is seeking $50,000 on behalf of herself and her children in the suit against Gabrielle Union.