‘Winnie the Pooh’ Voice Star Jim Cummings Accused of Raping Ex-Wife

By Zachary Stieber

A “Winnie the Pooh” voice actor has been accused of raping his ex-wife, according to court documents.

Stephanie Cummings alleged in the documents, which were obtained by The Blast, that her ex-husband Jim Cummings “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.”

Jim Cummings, 66, has appeared in dozens of Disney Cartoons and performed the voice of Winnie the Pooh on both the 2018 “Christopher Robin” movie and the 2011 “Winnie the Pooh” film, in addition to the television series “My Friends Tigger & Pooh.” He has also voiced Darkwing Duck, Dr. Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog, and a number of other characters.

The Cummings were married in 2001 and divorced in 2011. They have two young daughters.

Jim Cummings attends the European Premiere of ‘Christopher Robin’ at BFI Southbank in London, England on Aug. 5, 2018. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Stephanie Cummings said in the court documents that her ex-husband is “a very successful voice over actor,” before writing details about the alleged sexual abuse. She said she reported one incident to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, which advised her to obtain a domestic violence restraining order.

Jim Cummings said in documents obtained by The Blast that the incident did happen but remembered it differently, writing “the whole incident was happy.”

Stephanie Cummings said in 2013 she was raped by her former husband and that she filed a police report about the incident. She also said he would withhold child support payments unless she did certain things. She said she separated from him because he was a drug addict who was abusing a number of substances.

Jim Cummings said that he did check into a rehab facility and had substance abuse issues but said the substances were different from the ones his ex-wife named.

In one document, Jim Cummings lashed out at his ex-wife, dismissing her allegations and concluding: “Let’s get this over with for the love of God.”

Jim Cummings attends the European Premiere of ‘Christopher Robin’ at BFI Southbank in London, England on Aug. 5, 2018. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Blaze Breaks out in Forest That Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

In related news, firefighters fought a fire that broke out on April 28 in London in the forest that inspired “Winnie the Pooh.”

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service says its crews were called to a blaze in southern England’s Ashdown Forest, inspiration for the 100 Acre Wood in A.A. Milne’s children’s stories.

The fire service said the blaze, which covers 6 hectares (14 acres), was under control.

The scene of a fire at Ashdown Forest in East Sussex,
The scene of a fire at Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, on April 29, 2019. (Gareth Fuller/AP)
A woman looks at a gorse fire below Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland, on Feb. 26, 2019. ( Jane Barlow/PA Wire via AP)
People watch the scene of a gorse fire below Salisbury Crags
People watch the scene of a gorse fire below Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland, on Feb. 26, 2019. ( Jane Barlow/PA Wire via AP)

Fire service spokesman Andrew Gausden told the BBC that the fire did not appear to have been started deliberately. He said it spread quickly through dry undergrowth.

Two other fires damaged the same forest in February.

Milne had a home just north of Ashdown, and the forest helped inspire his stories about lovable bear Pooh and his friends.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.