Things go south for the sep­a­rated pair af­ter a very bit­ter pub­lic bust-up

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What was sup­posed to be a sweet day out with their girls Vi­o­let and Seraphina, grab­bing a treat at Rori’s Ar­ti­sanal Cream­ery in Santa Mon­ica on Oc­to­ber 12, soon turned into a war of words be­tween exes Ben Af­fleck and Jen­nifer Gar­ner.

Uh-huh, on­look­ers say it wasn’t just the ice-cream that was chilly dur­ing the out­ing, with the ac­tress look­ing “no­tice­ably frosty” as Ben tried to plant a peck on her head be­fore he left with Vi­o­let in tow.

So what’s go­ing on with these usu­ally friendly exes? Well, sources say that any ci­vil­ity Jen, 45, had been main­tain­ing with Ben – who she split from in 2015 af­ter 10 years of mar­riage – has gone out the win­dow now that she and the kids have been dragged into his lat­est scan­dal.

In­deed, just hours af­ter the star con­demned dis­graced pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein for sex­u­ally as­sault­ing count­less actresses, two women came for­ward claim­ing that Ben, 45, had sex­u­ally ha­rassed them (see break­out, right).

“[Jen] is very an­noyed be­cause it just means more at­ten­tion on her and the kids as a re­sult of Ben’s ac­tions,” a source tells E! News. “She tries to shield them from any and all pub­lic­ity and scru­tiny [so] she’s been pretty frus­trated with [Ben]”.

It’s cer­tainly not the first time Jen’s had to deal with the con­se­quences of Ben’s ac­tions – nor is it the first time she’s had to try ex­plain­ing them to Vi­o­let, 11, Sera, eight and Sa­muel, five.

Af­ter weath­er­ing claims Ben had been hav­ing an af­fair with the fam­ily’s nanny Chris­tine Ou­zou­nian in 2015 – which led to their sep­a­ra­tion – Jen re­vealed, “I have had to have con­ver­sa­tions about the mean­ing of ‘scan­dal’.”

How­ever, a string of new shock claims isn’t the only thing that’s get­ting to the ac­tress – Ben’s new mis­sus Lind­say Shookus also has her all, er, shook up.

“Jen is fu­ri­ous with Ben be­cause he’s been spend­ing all his time with Lind­say,” an in­sider tells NW.

In fact, she’s so an­gry she’s put her foot down and hashed out a new par­ent­ing plan that Ben must abide by if he wants to con­tinue see­ing his kids.

“The deal is that only one or two of them will stay with Ben at a time, so he’ll be less over­whelmed,” con­tin­ues NW’S source, which ex­plains why the ac­tor headed home with just Vi­o­let af­ter the dis­as­trous dessert date, while Seraphina stuck by her mum.

“Jen will keep Vi­o­let and Seraphina while Sa­muel spends a week­end with Ben, and they’ll do the re­verse the next week­end,” the source adds.

Jen’s also said to have de­manded that Lind­say, 37, keep her dis­tance when Ben’s on daddy duty.

“She re­ally cracked the whip – and he caved right in!” dishes the source, who sug­gests it’s be­cause Ben’s feel­ing guilty about the lack of qual­ity time he’s had with his kids lately.

And while the ac­tor once in­sisted he and Jen “try our best” when it comes to co-par­ent­ing, pals don’t be­lieve this will be the case af­ter their bit­ter bust-ups.

Es­pe­cially if Ben, who’s said to be still strug­gling with his ad­dic­tion is­sues and was spot­ted vis­it­ing the Rehab Re­cov­ery Cen­ter in LA on Oc­to­ber 18, ends up al­low­ing Lind­say to play step-mum one day.

Now that’ll re­ally send the ice-cream cones fly­ing! n

Jen’s new par­ent­ing plan in­volves split­ting up the kids dur­ing vis­its with their dad, spills the in­sider An­gry Jen dis­misses Ben’s af­fec­tion at Rori’s Ar­ti­sanal Cream­ery in LA on Oc­to­ber 12

Jen says good­bye to Vi­o­let, be­fore she spends the e week­end with her dad

‘Ben’s agreed to keep Lind­say out of the pic­ture for now,’ dishes the source

Vi­o­let and Ben leave Jen and Seraphina be­hind

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