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Sophie Turner stepped out with her daughter Willa in New York City on Thursday – after accusing her ex Joe Jonas of ‘abducting’ their kids and blindsiding her with his divorce filing in explosive court documents.
The actress, 27, looked happy to be stepping out with her eldest daughter, three, amid her increasingly acrimonious split from the Jonas Brothers rocker, 34, after she claimed he lied in court documents and said a birthday row sparked the end of their marriage.
Sophie, who is suing her estranged husband so she can return with their children to the UK, wore a cropped black tee, baseball cap, joggers and sneakers as she doted on her daughter.
The star accessorized with a colorful handbag and shades – while flashing her noticeably ring-free hand,
She sweetly held her daughter’s hand and chatted with pals as she strolled – as the divorce and child custody battle ramps up,
First sighting: Sophie Turner stepped out with her daughter Willa in New York City on Thursday – after accusing her ex Joe Jonas of ‘abducting’ their kids and blindsiding her with his divorce filing in explosive court documents
Ring gone: The star accessorized with a colorful handbag and shades – while flashing her noticeably ring-free hand
Bitter divorce: Turner’s husband Joe Jonas filed for divorce earlier this month; seen in September 2022
Earlier in the day Sophie tried to keep a low profile as she was spotted on Thursday for the first time since she sued her estranged husband Joe.
The Game Of Thrones star was pictured exiting the St. Regis Hotel in New York City while flanked by her friend, the Australian actress Olivia de Jonge.
She stuck to a low-key all-black ensemble and covered up with large black sunglasses while making her way out of the hotel, after her ex Joe publicly lashed out at her.
The sighting also comes after reports that Sophie joined her friend Taylor Swift for a night on the town on Tuesday, when the pair enjoyed ‘martinis and caviar bumps’ at the trendy celeb haunt Temple Bar.
The Jonas Brothers singer accused her of ‘lying’ in her filing and clarified that their ‘children were not abducted,’ after she petitioned to have them return to the UK.
Sophie continued her all-black theme with a black baseball cap that read ‘Aspen’ in white block letters. Her long blond hair was swept back and peaked out in messy waves rolling down her back.
She covered up with black Wayfarer-style sunglasses and added a splash of color to her otherwise-muted ensemble with a small purple, green and blue handbag with a thick gold chain that she carried tucked under her arm, and she also lightened up the look with white trainers.
Sophie filed documents in US District Court for New York to petition for ‘the return of children to England,’ her home country.
Ongoing drama: The actress, 27, looked happy to be stepping out with her eldest daughter, three, amid her increasingly acrimonious split from the Jonas Brothers rocker, 34, after she claimed he lied in court documents and said a birthday row sparked the end of their marriage.
Doting: Sophie, who is suing her estranged husband so she can return with their children to the UK, wore a cropped black tee, baseball cap, joggers and sneakers as she doted on her daughter
Chat: The star was seen speaking with a pal as she walked with Willa
Smile: Amid the drama in her personal life, Sophie looked happy to be spending time with loved ones
Divorce drama: The star looked relaxed as she headed out amid her latest legal wrangle with Joe
Under the radar: Earlier in the day Sophie tried to keep a low profile as she was spotted on Thursday for the first time since she sued her estranged husband
Influencer fan: The items were merch sold by the TikTok comedian Jake Shane
Jonas had previously filed for divorce from the actress earlier this month.
The couple, who married in 2019, share daughters Willa and D.J., one.
In documents seen by DailyMail.com, Turner made the claim that Jonas had refused to return the children’s passports, effectively preventing them from traveling back to the UK.
In the filing, she says the exes met on September 17 to discuss a previously planned trip to the UK with her children set for September 20, but Jonas allegedly would not turn over the passports or send the children to the UK on his own.
‘Based on the Father’s express statements that he will not return the children to England and will not return the children’s passports to the Mother, on September 20, 2023, the Mother has submitted her Hague Convention Application for Return to the Central Authority for England & Wales seeking the return of the children to England,’ the filing read.
She added that the move to the UK was not unexpected, as the couple had allegedly planned to spend an extended amount of time there in the near future.
According to Turner, she and the children expected to accompany Jonas on his US tour with the Jonas Brothers, and then when it wrapped up the entire family had planned to travel to the UK and to live at a rented property near her parents’ home.
She claimed that the move was a prelude to a full-time life in the UK, and that the couple had agreed to move their children there as their oldest Willa prepared to begin attending school.
For the kids: The couple had allegedly agreed to move the children to the UK so that their oldest daughter Willa would be able to begin attending school there
Short-lived: Turner and Jonas married in 2019
Sophie has claimed she found out that estranged husband Joe Jonas was filing for divorce in the media
Documents filed to the US District Court in New York revealed that the Game Of Thrones alum is suing her ex as she petitions ‘for the return of [their] children to England’
Jonas has since denied Turner’s claims that he blindsided her with the divorce, and argues that their children will be raised in the U.S. because they are American citizens
The X-Men actress alleged that she and Jonas toured properties from December 2022 until July of this year, when they discovered a ‘beautiful country property’ in Oxfordshire and they ‘both agreed they would purchase the property for the family’s permanent home.’
They allegedly signed a contract for the property in July and planned to finalize the sale in December of this year.
Last year, Turner and Jonas put their Miami mansion on the market after previously buying it for $11 million.
They sold the property in August at a profit for $15 million, only after they slashed the asking price by $2 million, suggesting they may have been trying to unload it quickly.
In her filing, Turner also disputed Jonas’ claim in his divorce filing that their children had resided in Florida for six months, which would make it easier for a court in that state to decide custody matters.
She appears to allege that a fight on August 15 was a major precipitating event for their separation, and afterward the couple had agreed ‘with some hesitation’ to have the children travel to the US to accompany their father on tour, as Jonas was able to care for them during the day on dates when he was scheduled to perform.
While Jonas was on tour with his brothers, Sophie was engaged filming the new series Joan in the UK, which would have significantly impacted her ability to care for the children during the limited period that she was on set.
Unlike Jonas’ tour, which would presumably allow him some free time when he wasn’t on stage or in rehearsals, Turner would likely have had little free time while working, as film and television productions often keep actors working for long hours each day on tight schedules.
According to TMZ, the musician allegedly realized his marriage was finished after catching Turner ‘saying and/or doing something’ that irked him on their security camera.
Early reports focused on Jonas’ alleged devotion to their children after parenting them on his own for a short period of time, but critics subsequently defended Turner, pointing out that her work required her husband to share some of the burden for a limited period, and that Jonas should not have been praised for fulfilling his parental obligations.
Full statement from Joe Jonas:
‘After multiple conversations with Sophie, Joe initiated divorce proceedings in Florida, as Florida is the appropriate jurisdiction for the case. Sophie was aware that Joe was going to file for divorce. The Florida Court has already entered an order that restricts both parents from relocating the children. Sophie was served with this order on September 6, 2023, more than two weeks ago.
‘Joe and Sophie had a cordial meeting this past Sunday in New York, when Sophie came to New York to be with the kids. They have been with her since that meeting. Joe’s impression of the meeting was that they had reached an understanding that they would work together towards an amicable co-parenting setup.
‘Less than 24 hours later, Sophie advised that she wanted to take the children permanently to the UK. Thereafter, she demanded via this filing that Joe hand over the children’s passports so that she could take them out of the country immediately. If he complies, Joe will be in violation of the Florida Court order.
‘Joe is seeking shared parenting with the kids so that they are raised by both their mother and father, and is of course also okay with the kids being raised both in the U.S. and the UK. The children were born in the U.S. and have spent the vast majority of their lives in the U.S. They are American citizens.
‘This is an unfortunate legal disagreement about a marriage that is sadly ending. When language like “abduction” is used, it is misleading at best, and a serious abuse of the legal system at worst. The children were not abducted. After being in Joe’s care for the past three months at the agreement of both parties, the children are currently with their mother. Sophie is making this claim only to move the divorce proceedings to the UK and to remove the children from the U.S. permanently.
‘Joe has already disavowed any and all statements purportedly made on his behalf that were disparaging of Sophie. They were made without his approval and are not consistent with his views. His wish is that Sophie reconsider her harsh legal position and move forward in a more constructive and private manner. His only concern is the well-being of his children.’