Wendy Williams' Guardian Demands Ex Kevin Hunter Return $112K in Divorce as He Claims He Hasn't Been Paid in 23 Months

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Wendy Williams' guardian Sabrina Morrissey and Kevin Hunter are battling over alimony money in New Jersey court

Wendy Williams (left) and Kevin Hunter
Wendy Williams (left) and Kevin Hunter

Wendy Williams' legal and financial guardian Sabrina Morrissey and ex-husband Kevin Hunter are going to battle in court over alimony money.

According to a lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey and obtained by PEOPLE, Morrissey is demanding Williams' ex-husband pay back $112,500 dollars in alimony.

Per Morrissey's complaint, Williams, 59, believes Hunter, 52, was "overpaid" for three months and was "unjustly enriched" by Williams' bank account.

However, in a separate court response obtained by PEOPLE, Hunter has demanded the former talk show host pay him 23 months in back payments for spousal support from their divorce. He claims Williams stopped paying alimony before she was placed under a court-ordered guardianship in May 2022 that oversees her finances and health.

Since both parties agreed their out-of-court mediation had failed, Morrissey brought the issue to court to seek resolution in arbitration.

Hunter and his attorney could not be reached for comment. Morrissey's attorney had no comment when contacted by PEOPLE.

Johnny Nunez/WireImage Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter
Johnny Nunez/WireImage Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter

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The Wendy Williams Show aired 13 seasons over 14 years and ultimately concluded in 2022 without Williams on screen. At the time of the cancellation, Sherri Shepherd had been standing in as Williams’ temporary replacement.

Since then, Williams has publicly addressed her primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia diagnosis and currently remains in a care facility. Her family said in an interview with PEOPLE in February that her court-appointed legal guardian is the only person who has unfettered access to her.

According to Morrissey's filing, Williams only received two payments after she left the show. In February 2022, she received one lump sum of $1,952 and in January 2023, she received $59.

In her divorce agreement with Hunter, he was to receive severance payment, but they were to terminate the agreement if Williams' yearly earned income "is less than 2 times her then yearly salary as of February 1, 2020," per Morrissey's suit.

But, as the complaint further claims, Hunter continued receiving payments until January 2022, which he confirmed in his opposition response to the court.

“I believe this was largely the result of the fact that the payments had been put on an ‘autopay’ function within her account,” Morrissey claims in her suit. "Her residuals income has been very small since 2021, nowhere near one half of her income in February of 2020 or in October of 2021."

Her suit continues, “By holding on to the funds he was overpaid, [Hunter] has interfered with [Williams'] right of possessions to those funds."

<p>John Lamparski/WireImage</p> Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams

John Lamparski/WireImage

Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams

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In addition to returning the six-figure sum, Morrissey wants Hunter to pay back the interest and requests the court to issue a gag order against him to prevent him from speaking to the others or the press. (Hunter has since deleted his Instagram account.)

“The potential harm to [Williams] is great,” Morrissey claims in the filing. “Mr. Hunter and his agents have shown their willingness to talk to the press about these issues. Mr. Hunter, or someone to whom he provided court documents, leaked these documents to the press, for purpose of pressing his advantage and complaining about the court process."

In Hunter's filing, he stated, "This remains an emergent matter and should be treated as such."

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In his filing, Hunter also called out the controversial Lifetime documentary Where Is Wendy Williams? , which was released in February, just days after Williams' care team revealed that she had been diagnosed with dementia.

Hunter claimed the project portrayed his ex in an "extremely demeaning and undignified manner, incorrectly states that she is 'broke' and cruelly implies that [her] disoriented demeanor is due to substance abuse and intoxication."

Morrissey agreed that the documentary was unfavorable in the court documents, but claims that it was described to her as a project that would be beneficial for Williams image. (Mark Ford, the executive producer of Lifetime's documentary, previously told PEOPLE that "Wendy's attorneys and the guardianship attorneys were consulted and signed off on" the project.)

<p>Manny Carabel/Getty</p> Wendy Williams

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Wendy Williams

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Filmed between August 2022 and April 2023, Where Is Wendy Williams? captured the dark period in the former host's life as she spiraled following the cancellation of her synonymous talk show due to alcohol addiction and several health issues, including Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder that can cause bulging eyes, and lymphedema, a condition that causes swelling in her feet.

The documentary, which began filming after her guardianship was instituted, showed Williams asking, “Where is my money?” and discussing being broke and having no access to her accounts, though, in one scene, Williams’ former manager Will Selby is shown handing the star a large stack of cash.

According to court documents filed in March in New York for another litigation between Morrissey and Lifetime, it claims Williams was paid $400,000 for her participation in the film.

Details of Williams' current financial holdings have not been made public. However, PEOPLE obtained paperwork from the New York Department of Finance filed on Feb. 8 showing that there is currently a tax lien against the $4.5 million condo Williams once owned for the amount of $568,451.57, accrued between 2019 and 2021.

Morrissey's attorney declined to comment on the matter at the time. A court hearing took place on Friday, April 19, 2024 to move that case to arbitration.

<p>Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty</p> From left: Kevin Hunter, Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter Jr. at a celebration for The Hunter Foundation Charity on July 11, 2017 in New York City.

Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty

From left: Kevin Hunter, Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter Jr. at a celebration for The Hunter Foundation Charity on July 11, 2017 in New York City.

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Hunter and Williams tied the knot in November 1997 and filed for divorce in April 2019. They share 23-year-old son Kevin Hunter Jr.

Williams has previously said that Hunter was "with me every step" of the way while she navigated her Grave's disease diagnosis.

The couple has also weathered struggles together. After the birth of Kevin Jr., Hunter allegedly cheated on Williams with another woman and eventually had a baby with her — a trauma Williams discussed in her 2003 memoir Wendy's Got the Heat and which ultimately led to their divorce.

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Williams has not spoken out on the ongoing litigation between her guardian and ex-husband, though her team did release a statement from her to PEOPLE on the same day her dementia diagnosis was announced in February.

"Let me say, wow! Your response has been overwhelming," said Williams. "The messages shared with me have touched me, reminding me of the power of unity and the need for compassion," she said. "I hope that others with FTD may benefit from my story ... I continue to need personal space and peace to thrive. Please just know that your positivity and encouragement are deeply appreciated."

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