Tupac Shakur’s sister is suing the executor of their late mother’s estate, accusing him of obtaining “embezzled millions” and refusing to hand over particular objects with “tremendous sentimental value” that belonged to the hip-hop legend, including gold documents.
In a lawsuit submitted Monday (Jan 10) in Los Angeles court docket, Sekyiwa Shakur and The Tupac Shakur Basis accused Tom Whalley of “blatant violations” of his obligations as the executor of Afeni Shakur-Davis’s estate, together with allegedly putting in himself in a important administration role regardless of a conflict of curiosity.
“He has correctly embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars for his individual reward,” Sekyiwa wrote. “Whalley has unreasonably enriched himself at the price of the beneficiaries and in lousy religion by taking too much compensation in a position from which he need to appropriately be barred primarily based on the inherent conflict of curiosity.”
Following Tupac’s extensively-publicized capturing demise in 1996, his mother Afeni was named as a beneficiary of his estate. When Afeni died in 2016, Whalley was then named as the executor of her estate.
In accordance to Sekyiwa’s lawsuit, Whalley has committed a extensive vary of “malfeasance” in that position. Chief among the his alleged misdeeds, she suggests he employed himself as the manager of Amaru Leisure, the document label that produced some of Tupac’s tunes and is “principal earnings-producing asset of the Have confidence in.”
“Whalley has now received much more than $5.5 million that he has paid out himself in the very last five a long time via Amaru,” Sekyiwa wrote.
He has also refused to release individual house held by the estate, she says, which include things Afeni inherited from Tupac. She explained that includes the late rapper’s cars and trucks, his jewelery, his artwork and even his “golden documents.”
“It is very clear that he has utilized and abused his powers as executor and distinctive trustee of the estate and the believe in to transform the individual house belonging to Sekyiwa as a piggy bank from which he has drawn sizeable resources for his own reward,” she wrote.
In a statement, an lawyer for the have faith in strongly denied the allegations. Howard King, an additional well-acknowledged music litigator, reported Whalley was a longtime “friend and confidant” of the two Tupac and Afeni and experienced dedicated no wrongdoing. King exclusively mentioned that Whalley experienced been appointed to handle Amaru by Afeni before her demise, not after.
“These lawful promises are disappointing and harmful to all beneficiaries of the rely on,” King explained. “We are self-assured the court docket will promptly conclude that Tom has constantly acted in the finest passions of Amaru, the believe in, and all beneficiaries.”
Notably, Sekyiwa is represented in the lawsuit by L. Londell McMillan, a popular songs attorney who represented Prince just before his demise and has been greatly involved in the proceedings about that estate. She’s also repped by Donald David and Joshua R. Mandell, of the regulation firm Akerman.