Jenelle Evans‘ days of running her mouth online about her son Jace are over.
The Sun broke the news (and The Ashley can confirm) that a judge in the ongoing CPS custody case for Jace was set to sign off on a gag order at the Monday’s court hearing that would forbid the fired Teen Mom 2 star (as well as her husband David Eason) from discussing Jace’s custody case— or anything relating to it— online or in interviews.
The Ashley can confirm that the gag order was first brought up during last week’s CPS court hearing, which was attended by Jenelle, David and Jenelle’s mom Barbara Evans. (For those wondering, David was allowed to attend the hearing because Jace was not present. As The Ashley previously told you, David is not allowed to be near Jace or have any communication with him, due to his pending child abuse charge for his alleged assault on Jace.)
The Sun reports that the gag order was put in place because Jace was “emotionally distressed” after seeing Jenelle’s frequent posts on social media. As fans know, Jenelle has posted about Jace, CPS, her mom Barbara and other aspects of the case over the last few months. She has also made numerous posts in defense of David, something The Sun claims has also disturbed Jace.
“Her son Jace, 14, was upset at her public comments siding with her husband David Eason, who stands accused of child abuse,” The Sun reported.
The Ashley can exclusively confirm that Jenelle’s mom Barbara is also under the gag order, meaning that she can’t publicly discuss the case in interviews or on social media. (To date, Barb has only spoken about Jace twice in interviews, with one being in August when she was asked by TMZ to comment about Jace’s first attempt at running away from Jenelle’s.)
Jace’s long-lost father, Andrew Lewis, confirmed to The Sun that he, too, is under the gag order…. and The Ashley knows why!
“Can’t talk about it. Period. It’s been officially gagged sorry,” Andrew said when The Sun contacted him for comment.
The Ashley can also confirm that Andrew is now involved in the CPS custody case with Jace and has been for several weeks.
The CPS court hearing on Monday was likely going to cover how much (if any) part Andrew will have in determining what happens to Jace. (As The Ashley previously told you, Jace is not currently living with Barbara and has not spoken to Jenelle since the alleged assault in late September. And, despite some fans’ theories, Jace has not gone to live with his dad Andrew.)
“Andrew was part of the hearing last week,” The Ashley’s source said. “Jenelle wasn’t aware until that point that Andrew was going to be included in the case and was really surprised.”
The Ashley’s source tells her that Jace is currently “thrilled” to be having a relationship with his dad.
As ‘Teen Mom 2’ fans know, Andrew has had little to no communication with Jace for most of his life. While Andrew did pay Barbara— and then Jenelle— child support, he did not interact with Jace. Earlier this year, Andrew did several interviews stating he would like a relationship with his son.
While Jace is interested in keeping in touch with Andrew, The Ashley’s source tells her that he has no interest whatsoever in talking to Jenelle. (Currently, Jace is able to decide who he wants to communicate with.)
Because Andrew is now involved in the case, he has to follow the gag order.
(For those who are unaware, according to MTSU’s Freedom Speech Center, “judges issue injunctions barring trial participants — including attorneys, litigants, and witnesses — from discussing trial-related material outside the courtroom.”)
Because a gag order is now in place, it almost certainly means that anyone who is part of the custody case is also forbidden from discussing the custody case/situation with Jace as well. The gag order would also forbid any court worker, law enforcement agent or CPS employee from talking about the case or discussing it with Jace.
The Ashley will update this story when more info is available.
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