Actress Daughter of Failed Dem Candidate Served Custody Papers During Live Event

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April 28, 2022

Actress Olivia Wilde, the daughter of failed Democratic House candidate Leslie Cockburn, was served custody papers at a Las Vegas film convention as she was speaking on stage.

"This is for me?" Wilde asked after a woman slid her a manila envelope with the papers, which she glanced at before continuing her speech. The 38-year-old split in November 2020 with her fiancé, Horrible Bosses star Jason Sudeikis, with whom she has two children. She is currently dating a man 10 years her junior who enjoys wearing dresses.

Cockburn ran for Virginia's Fifth Congressional District in 2018, losing to Republican Denver Riggleman by a margin of 6 points. The campaign took a lewd turn in July when Cockburn without substantiation accused Riggleman of being "a devotee of Bigfoot erotica." A former journalist, Cockburn cowrote a book in the 1990s that peddled anti-Semitic canards.

"Her books are used by Stormfront and white anarchist groups to explain why the Jewish people are trying to take over," Riggleman told the Washington Free Beacon in 2018. "She really believes that Israel has orchestrated a cabal to control U.S. foreign policy."

Wilde, known best for her supporting role in season four of the television drama House, has occasionally ventured into political commentary herself. In 2013, she was featured in "Obamacare or Shut Up with Billy Eichner and Olivia Wilde," a sketch that touted the coverage benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

Sudeikis reportedly did not condone the way in which Wilde was served custody. Also a sketch comedian, he is best known for his 2010s SNL impressions of then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and then-vice president Joe Biden, which predicted the commander in chief's botched withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021.

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