UPDATE: Despite Mutual Restraining Orders Issued For Jim Cummings and Ex-Wife, Voice Actor Claims Allegations Were False
Longtime Disney voice actor Jim Cummings, best known for his work as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, was recently accused of sexual assault and animal cruelty by his ex-wife, Stephanie Cummings, in the midst of a heated custody battle over their two daughters, aged 14 and 11.
Despite both parties being granted restraining orders against one another, Jim Cummings has since come out with the following Tweet claiming that his daughters “are officially safe and sound at home.”
Friday nite&alls GREAT!!☺️My girls are officially safe and sound at HOME, 💕adios false allegations, quotes, lies and nastyiness! Hello smooth sailing and peace. Blessings 2 all for your beautiful love and support for my family & I, God bless thank u all🌹
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the judge in their case scolded both parties for not putting their children first. Cummings and his ex-wife must each stay 100 yards away from one another. The order is in place until May 9, 2022 and does not apply during child visitation interactions. Jim was awarded primary custody of the children, but both he and Stephanie were admonished by the judge for not acting in the best interest of their children.
Jim has been the voice of Winnie the Pooh since 1988, taking over the role from Hal Smith (who took over the role from original voice actor Sterling Holloway in 1981), and begin performing Tigger part-time in 1989, before becoming the permanent voice actor for the character in 2000. He’s best known for being the voice of Darkwing Duck, Pete, Bonkers D. Bobcat, Ray from The Princess and the Frog, as well as the narrator of Epcot’s Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. Cummings is also slated to voice Hondo Ohnaka for the attraction Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which will open at Disneyland later this month and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in August.
Disney has not officially commented on the court proceedings or said outcome.