A caller claimed that her husband, Kevin Hunter, was poisoning her

By Aurelie Corinthios Janine Rubenstein and Jodi Guglielmi
April 23, 2019 12:50 PM
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People worried about Wendy Williams‘ wellbeing during her long hiatus from her show last winter.

Months before the talk show host filed for divorce from husband Kevin Hunter, authorities conducted a welfare check on Williams at the request of an anonymous caller, according to a police report obtained by PEOPLE. A source with knowledge of the situation tells PEOPLE they believe the call came from a fan.

Officers paid a visit to her New Jersey home on Jan. 18 after the caller claimed Hunter was poisoning Williams.

When the police arrived, Hunter answered the door and claimed Williams was recovering from a recent illness. Though police say Hunter was “hesitant” to let the police inside the house, he let them in, and they found Williams in her bed “with the blanket covering from neck to toe.”

Williams told the cops she was recovering from a broken shoulder. (On a December episode of The Wendy Williams Show, she had told viewers she’d fractured her right shoulder.)

Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter
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Williams “became tearful” when asked if there was any truth to the poisoning claim but ultimately denied any poisoning had occurred, according to the police report. Police say Hunter “then responded saying something to the effect of that there had never been any calls to his house regarding domestic violence.”

The officers left after Williams assured them she was safe.

TMZ first reported the news. Williams’ rep did not return PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Williams took a health-related hiatus from The Wendy Williams Show from Christmas break through March. A couple weeks later, she revealed she’d been living in a sober house due to her “struggle with cocaine in the past.”

Earlier this month, Williams, 54, filed for divorce from Hunter after 21 years of marriage. Her personal rep issued a statement to PEOPLE, saying, “Thank you to everyone for respecting the family’s privacy during this time. Kevin is supportive of Wendy and they are working through this process together. No additional comment will be provided at this time.”

Williams and Hunter, 46, wed on Nov. 30, 1997, and share son Kevin Jr., 19.

The divorce comes amid the news that Hunter allegedly fathered a child with his mistress.

Last week, Hunter broke his silence on the split in a statement to PEOPLE, admitting he was “not proud of my recent actions” and apologizing “to my wife, my family and her amazing fans.”

“I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs,” he said. “No matter what the outcome is or what the future holds, we are still The Hunter Family and I will continue to work with and fully support my wife in this business and through any and all obstacles she may face living her new life of sobriety, while I also work on mine.”Hunter has since been removed from his position as executive producer on TheWendy Williams Show.