Why Wendy Williams & Kevin Hunter Didn’t Attend Son's Court Hearing for Assault Case
Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter’s son, Kevin Hunter Jr., appeared in court on Tuesday to plead not guilty on one charge of simple assault against his father. However, although initial reports stated Williams and Hunter would be present at the short hearing, Kevin Jr. only companion was his lawyer.
Kevin Hunter Jr. looked calm as he stood in front of a judge in a New Jersey courtroom on Tuesday. He was there for his arraignment after his arrest from May 21, when he allegedly punched his dad on the nose.
The 18-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charge of domestic violence simple assault, and the prosecutor, Joseph Wenzel, asked for more time to review the case.
Kevin Sr. has expressed he has no desire of pressing charges against his son, but because of the nature of the incident, the state must continue with the case anyway.
However, Wenzel told Page Six that he would take into consideration Kevin Sr’s decision, adding that “at the end of the day I have to make the call about what’s in the best interest of justice.”
Although Kevin Sr. and Wendy Williams stand by their son and are one hundred supportive of the young man, they were advised not to appear in court on Tuesday, as to avoid unnecessary scenes with the press.
TMZ reports that the soon-to-be-divorced couple was waiting together for Kevin Jr. in a car outside of the courthouse.
"I love my son very much, and I will not be pursuing this matter legally. Things are not always how they appear,” Kevin Sr. told the news site at the time of the incident.
Kevin Jr. is scheduled to appear in court again on July 9 and his lawyer believes the matter will be settled that day. Kevin may qualify for a state-wide dismissal program to clear his name seeing he has no previous record, as long as he stays out of trouble.
WHAT WENT DOWN
As reported before, Kevin Jr. and his father got into an argument on the parking lot of a Krauszer’s Food Store in West Orange, New Jersey on the night of May 21.
Earlier on the day, Wendy Williams had dropped off Kevin Jr at their home, not knowing that Kevin Sr was there. However, the father-son duo was in good terms and ended up making a night trip to the grocery store.
At some point, they started to argue about the divorce between Williams and Hunter Sr. Then, Kevin Sr. claimed that Williams had “brainwashed” their son, and things escalated with Hunter putting his son in a headlock, which Kevin Jr broke by punching his dad on the nose, according to TMZ.
Kevin Jr was arrested for assault and released by West Orange Police Department the same evening.
TENSION IN THE FAMILY
She cut all ties with the man, moving out of their home and kicking him out of her eponymous show, where he held an executive producer position. Wendy also announced the dissolution of The Hunter Foundation, a non-profit organization the couple founded in 2014.
Hunter addressed the situation in a statement to People, where he admitted he was “not proud of my recent actions” and publicly apologized to Williams, their family, and her “amazing fans."
“I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs,” he added.
WENDY IS NOT WASTING HER TIME
After 28 years with Hunter, Williams is now enjoying her life as a single woman, and she’s not holding herself back.
The 54-year-old was seen out and about with 27-year-old convicted felon Marc Tomblin in Los Angeles and New York.
Although she tried to play coy when asked if they were just friends, Williams told TMZ that “Marc is lovely, but let me make it clear: I don't have a boyfriend.”
And for the people who criticize Wendy for dating a much younger man, she had some honest words: “Look, my husband had a full baby with a woman he was involved with for 15 years ... where I was cooped up only to be a show pony. Now, I'm living my life."
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