Not everything in the magical kingdom is going happily ever after.
Iconic and legendary Disney voice actor Jim Cummings has delighted children for generations with his work as characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Pete the villain of Mickey Mouse, as well as over 200 others.
However now the actor is being accused of dark and vicious behavior by his ex-wife who is claiming that Cummings was horrifically abusive.
Stephanie Cummings divorced Jim in 2018 but describes that it has led to nearly nonstop abuse.
She claims Jim “has engaged in physical, sexual and emotional abuse including but not limited to death threats, rape, and various sexual deviant behavior forced upon me without my consent.”
One such incident was in August of 2011, where Stephanie asserts that Jim forced himself on her, while in front of their 4 year-old daughter.
“He later came up behind me,” she claims, “grabbed my arm, spun me around, and forcefully put his hand on the back of my neck and kissed me while holding me in place against the wall.”
Stephanie revealed that next Jim asked if she could “see him leaking, because that’s what I make him do when he touches me.” The experience left her “humiliated and degraded.”
However Jim paints a very different picture fo the story.
He recalls joking and laughing with his ex before “I touched her slightly on the butt.” He claims Stephanie “who is much taller than I am, and a large woman, made no objection to anything” and that the moment was consensual and “happy.”
Stephanie also states she was raped again in 2013 but did not provide details.
While Stephanie asserts the abusive behavior has continued, Jim claims that it is all spite driven lies to derail his career.
He claims to be the one threatened, with Stephanie warning him, “I will go and I will ruin your reputation … I am going to tell people Winnie the Pooh is a woman beating, drug addicted freak!”
How will Disney handle this scandal as they dominate the entertainment market? It will be curious to see.