November 30, 2011 17:02

Swedish woman who claims to be Elvis' 'real daughter' sues his estate for $130 million

Lisa Johansen has maintained for the last 20 years that Lisa Marie Presley has 'stolen her identity'

Swedish woman who claims to be Elvis' 'real daughter' sues his estate for $130 million

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A Swedish woman who has maintained for over 20 years that she is the "real daughter" of Elvis Presley is suing the singer's estate for $130 million (£83 million).

Lisa Johansen, who claims that Lisa Marie Presley has "stolen her identity", wants $130 million in damages on the grounds of defamation and infliction of emotional distress, reports Billboard.

Johansen first gained notoriety in 1998 when she published a memoir which was titled I, Lisa Marie: The True Story of Elvis Presley's Real Daughter. The book claims that after Elvis died in 1977, his wife Priscilla Presley left the US as she feared for her safety and gave her daughter a new identity for her own protection.

Johansen has always maintained that she is the rightful heir to the Presley estate and says she has evidence such as a skull and face analysis of Lisa Marie Presley to prove it.

At the time of her memoir's publication, Johansen refused to take a DNA test to prove she was related to Elvis and was sued herself as a result by the Texas-based publisher of the book, who said that her refusal had damaged sales of the book. She has since said that she has agreed to take a DNA test.

Johansen's lawsuit is in response to a legal letter issued by the Presley estate in August, which had warned her that her "malicious false claims and offensive wrongful conduct" would no longer be tolerated by the estate and would result in future legal action.

The case is likely to come to court next year.

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