A family battle over the control of the estate of late rock legend Tom Petty has made its way to the courts.
In a new legal filing, Petty’s widow, Dana York Petty, accused his two daughters from a previous marriage, Adria Petty and Annakim Violette, of trying to hinder her role as trustee, making it impossible to manage the lucrative estate, according to
Adria, who was named directing trustee, has filed her own petition with probate court, accusing Dana of trying to push her and her sister out of the decision-making process that was established in their father’s will.
Family feud! Tom Petty’s widow and two daughters are in a legal dispute over the control of the late rocker’s estate; he is pictured in August 2017, six weeks before his death
Dana maintains she was left in charge of the estate and that the two daughters have conspired to push her out.
She says they are refusing to put out unreleased songs on a 25th anniversary reissue of his album Wildflowers, which she says could be worth millions in royalties, and that they have even gone as far as to verbally attack some members of Tom’s band, The Heartbreaks.
Dana pointed to an email directed at guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench where Adria ranted: ‘What I don’t have the temperament for is having my entire life raped. Being disparaged. My dad being disgraced. And being surrounded by selfish, unreliable people and drug addicts.’
She said, she said: Both sides claim the other is trying to block them from their legal right to be apart of the decision-making for the estate
Dana also says Adria got irate over an image that was to be used on a sign for a park dedicated to the Free Falling singer in his native Gainesville, Florida, even though she initially approved the picture’s usage.
In the end, Dana is asking a judge to appoint a day-to-day manager for the estate, and to force Adria, in particular, to act rationally.
According to Adria’s filing, her father’s will gives her and her sister equal input on decisions regarding the estate, and that Dana has tried to block them from being involved.
Legendary! Tom Petty is among the best-selling musical artists of all time, with more than 80 million records sold; he is pictured in 1977
In fact, the sisters maintain Dana has refused to transfer her father’s artistic property assets out of his trust and into a separate company that would be jointly administered by all three women, as required by the will, allowing her to keep sole control of the assets.
Adria is asking a judge to force Dana to comply with her father’s will.
Tom Petty died in 2017 of an accidental dug overdose at the age of 66.
During his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him among the best-selling music artists of all time.