Blues legend B.B. King made the choice to prevent visits from two of his daughters throughout his dying days, his longtime manager alleges in a new court document.
LaVerne Toney, who worked for King for more than 40 years, denies that she prevented Karen Williams and Patty King from visiting their dad.
“It was Mr. King’s decision to not check out with Karen and Patty,” according to the file.
Las Vegas lawyer Brent Bryson filed the file Tuesday on Toney’s behalf. Clark County District Judge Gloria Sturman has set up a hearing in the probate case Thursday morning.
Lawyers have submitted a flurry of papers in the contentious case since King’s death on May 14. King, whose legal name was Riley B. King, was in hospice care when he died in his Las Vegas home at age 89.
Four of King’s children, consisting of Williams and Patty King, challenge the visit of Toney as individual representative of his estate. They state she needs to be disqualified since of conflicts of interest and her alleged embezzlement of more than $1 million from their father.
Through Bryson, Toney has denied embezzling the money. The legal representative said Toney transferred the money into King’s trust account after his death.
In the document filed Tuesday, Toney asserts Williams and Patty King had actually engaged “in numerous schemes” to manipulate their father out of money. It also declares King rejected a demand by another daughter, Rita Washington, to compose a book titled “On the Road With My Dad.”
“A few of Mr. King’s youngsters and family members are attempting to do what Mr. King would never allow them to do when he was alive, which is to insert themselves into his company affairs,” the document alleges.
Las Vegas lawyer Arthur Williams has actually said he drafted King’s will in 2007, and the document made Toney the administrator. He said he knows of no other will drafted after 2007.
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