After a rocky few years, Jennifer Garner’s life appears to be on the upswing these days.
Garner recently finalized her divorce from Ben Affleck following a three-year separation, and both her career and her love life seem to be progressing swimmingly.
But there are complications to Garner’s recent run of success.
Yes, she’s once again acting in something other than Capital One commercials, but her two most high-profile projects of late — the action thriller Peppermint and the HBO series Camping — were both panned by critics and ignored by audiences.
These days, Garner is dating John Miller, a California businessman who’s rumored to be the mother of three’s first serious love interest since she separated from Affleck.
Now, however, the relationship is being tainted by scandal, as Radar Online has unearthed some seriously unflattering court documents from Miller’s 2011 divorce from Caroline Campbell.
Campbell alleges that Miller behaved in a controlling and manipulative fashion throughout their marriage.
After the divorce, she claims, he used the couple’s kids as a pawn in his ongoing mind games:
“He takes the children when I am out of town working, but he does not allow me to have them when he is working in town and has others caring for our children,” reads one filing by Campbell.
“That serves his purpose, bolstering his position regarding child support issues and giving him the satisfaction of controlling me and punishing me for ending our marriage,” Campbell continues.
“It puts me in a position of begging him for the time back so I can care for our children the same amount of time that he (or more accurately, his family) does.
“I feel pressure to avoid doing anything that might upset him, and pressure to comply with whatever terms he imposes.”
People are rarely depicted in a positive light in divorce documents, but word that Miller might be a world-class douche is particularly troubling in this case, as Garner is fresh from a relationship that’s often been described as deeply unhealthy.
Here’s hoping that going forward Jen will have an easier time finding both the men and the acting projects that she deserves.