Sophie Turner is suing Joe Jonas for “the immediate return of children wrongfully removed or wrongfully retained” amid the couple’s separation and impending divorce.
According to documents filed in a Manhattan court Thursday and obtained by Page Six, Turner requests the couple’s two daughters, 3-year-old Willa and the 1-year-old identified in their divorce filings as D., be taken immediately to Turner’s native England. The Game of Thrones actor also stated that she and Jonas had planned to make England their “forever home” and alleges that Jonas has been withholding the children’s passports.
“The Father has possession of the children’s passports,” the documents claim. “He refuses to return the passports to the Mother and refuses to send the children home to England with the Mother.”
In a statement to Vanity Fair, Jonas’s representatives called the situation “an unfortunate legal disagreement about a marriage that is sadly ending” and refuted some of Turner’s claims.
In her lawsuit, Turner claimed that over Christmas 2022, she and Jonas had made the decision to move to England permanently, and that “the parties were both excited for the family’s move.” According to her filing, the big move took place on April 10, 2023.
While the joint statement Turner and Jonas released earlier this month called their divorce a “united decision,” the new filing reveals the collapse of the couple’s marriage “happened very suddenly” after an argument on August 15, 2023 (which is also Jonas’s birthday). It also claims that though Jonas filed for divorce on or about September 1, citing “the marriage between the parties is irretrievably broken,” Turner found out on September 5 “through the media.”
Jonas’s initial court filing to dissolve the marriage, per People, stated that the children have been “residing with their father in Miami and other locations throughout the United States” over the past several months and that Jonas would seek joint custody of the children, and Turner’s new filing states that the “wrongful retention” of the children began Wednesday, September 20. In the paperwork, Turner claims that she agreed “with hesitation” to allow the children to travel with Jonas as he toured with the Jonas Brothers on their current tour, titled THE TOUR, while she filmed in England.