Tom Petty's Widow Calls His Daughter 'Unhinged' in a Fight over the Late Singer's Legacy
Tom Petty’s family are caught in a dispute regarding the use of the late artist’s name and his properties.
The rock star’s widow, Dana, who remained his wife for 10 years until his death, claimed that Petty’s eldest daughter, Adria, was planning to use her father’s legacy to promote tacky product lines.
Dana alleged that Adria was trying to create a Paul Newman-styled variations of Tom Petty salad dressings, which would have disappointed the late rock star had he been alive.
She also called any such attempt of cashing in on his legacy a “perversion,” and stressed that Petty’s fans would be disgusted by it.
Dana filed a legal report, which was received exclusively by Page Six, which clearly mentioned that Adria wanted to “authorize Tom’s name and likeness to be used to promote products akin to Paul Newman, whose face adorns bottles of salad dressing and so on.”
She further added that Petty himself would have never allowed such a thing because he never “sold out” during the time he was alive.
Meanwhile, 44-year-old Adria also claimed in the court that Dana was involved in misappropriation of money from Tom’s estate and intellectual property.
In response, Dana alleged Adria of being “unhinged” and denied all the claims placed against her.
The rock star passed away on October 2, 2017, at the age of 66 due to an accidental drug overdose. He died after taking a variety of medications to relieve pain.
Following his demise, Dana as well as his two daughters, Adria and Annakim, were given equal decision-making power over the use of his estate.
DANA WAS ALLEGEDLY NOT HONORING PETTY'S WILL
Previously, TMZ reported that the troubles started for the family when Adria filed a petition with probate court alleging that Dana was not honoring Petty’s will that granted his daughters equal rights.
Adria claimed that Dana refused to make a transfer of Petty’s “artistic property” into a separate company that was to be managed jointly by the sisters and Dana.
Born on October 20, 1950, in Gainesville, Florida, Petty is one of the most celebrated rock stars of his time with his band even receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999.