Tom Petty‘s widow and his two daughters are reportedly locked in a fierce legal battle as they feud over the late singer’s will and the future of his unreleased music.
The Heartbreakers legend died in October 2017 after suffering an accidental drug overdose.
As TMZ reports, his wife Dana York Petty and daughters Adria and Annakim are now said to be feuding over the late music icon’s estate.
It’s believed that Dana has filed court documents that state she is in control of Petty’s estate – but Adria and Annakim, his daughters from a previous relationship, say that their father always intended for them to be involved too.
His late wife has also accused his daughters of verbally attacking Petty’s former bandmates and making it increasingly difficult for her to control the estate.
In an email to the band’s surviving members Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell, Adria allegedly wrote: “What I don’t have the temperament for is having my entire life raped. Being disparaged. My dad being disgraced.
“I am sorry I am not a man and can not earn your respect through the work and deeds I do.”
The court filing also sees Dana accusing Petty’s daughters of blocking the release of solo material he recorded 25 years ago. His widow reportedly wanted to include the tracks on a 25th anniversary box set release of his seminal album ‘Wildflowers’ and expected the project to have pulled in more than $1 million in royalties.
But Adria allegedly disputed the timing of the release and attempted to block it.
Another part of the feud reportedly involves Petty’s home city of Gainesville, Florida, amid plans to rename a park in his honour.
After local officials asked the estate to create artwork for a park sign, Adria allegedly said: “Your name is not Petty and you don’t have the backbone to protect the estate from a horrible image like this one. Shame on you.”
It’s now believed that Adria has filed a petition with a probate court, accusing Dana of ignoring two of her late father’s wishes in his will.
She claims that his wife was asked to transfer the singer’s “artistic property” assets out of his trust and into a separate company managed by all three women.
All three are yet to respond to the latest claims.