'Winnie The Pooh' Voice Actor Denies Accusations Of Rape And Animal Abuse

The man famous for lending his voice to some classic animated characters has posted an open letter claiming allegations are an attempt to extort him.

Jim Cummings, the renowned voice actor who gave his voice to iconic characters like Winnie the Pooh and Tigger since the late '80s, has denied accusations by his ex-wife that include rape and animal abuse.

Cummings' ex-wife Stephanie alleged in court she faced years of sexual assault and witnessed animal abuse at the hands of her ex-husband.

The former couple, who divorced in 2011 after ten years of marriage, are also in a custody battle with Stephanie claiming her ex would "demand sex" in exchange for child support.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Stephanie Cummings detailed several instances where her ex-husband allegedly "engaged in physical, sexual and emotional abuse". There were also allegations of animal abuse to the family dog, as well as excessive drug and alcohol use.

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Jim Cummings and his ex-wife Stephanie in 2009, several years before their divorce. Photo: Michael Kovac/FilmMagic.

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In an open letter, Jim Cummings denied the claims made against him, instead saying his ex-wife is attempting to extort him.

"The allegations are baseless and only intended to harm my good name and my position as the voice of many, many beloved characters," Cummings said via a statement released on his website.

He has engaged a legal team to contact both the FBI and local law enforcement in response to media reports and social media posts, according to his statement.

"We have also begun working with local law enforcement authorities in exposing these horrendous and malicious lies that have only been made for monetary gain," Cummings said.

Stephanie Cummings has yet to respond.

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