CHICAGO (CN) – Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade’s estranged wife claims actress Gabrielle Union “engaged in sexual foreplay” with the basketball player in front of his two young children, causing them stress and anxiety that required therapy. Siohvaughn Wade, who has been locked in a divorce and custody battle with the NBA guard for several years, also claims that a court-appointed child representative failed to investigate charges that Wade is violent and abusive with the boys, who are 8 and 2.
In one of two complaints she filed in Cook County Court on behalf of the boys, Siohvaughn Wade claims that Gabrielle Union caused the children emotional distress by kissing Wade in front of them, and that Union and Wade nearly allowed one boy to drown during an unsupervised visit at their Miami home.
“In her roles, defendant has played sexually explicit roles, including roles as a seductress,” one complaint states. “Defendant has apparently decided to take her role beyond the films and into the home of a married man, Dwayne Wade, in the presence of his two minor children.”
Union’s attorney, C. Anthony Mulrain, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that “each and every allegation made is entirely false.”
In a second complaint, Siohvaughn Wade accused Chicago attorney Lester Barclay, the court-appointed child representative, of malpractice. She claims he ignored the boys’ complaints that their father cursed at them, threatened to hit them with “Mr. Fist” and left them in the care of an “ex-felon.”
She says Barclay should put a stop to the unsupervised visits.
“Barclay is aware that Dwayne Wade has been abusive of the plaintiffs and used them as props for media purposes during unsupervised visitation,” the complaint states.
“The older plaintiff has told Barclay that his father acts one way in front of the cameras and then yells and curses at them when the cameras leave. Yet, Barclay continues to advocate for unsupervised visitation by Dwayne Wade.”
Siohvaughn Wade seeks damages in both actions in excess of $50,000.
She is represented by William Suriano of Riverside, Ill.