The widow of Tom Petty is conducting a probation battle with her daughter, which could affect the publication of compilations from the catalog of the deceased singer-songwriter.
Dana York Petty filed a petition on Tuesday at the Los Angeles Estates Court, alleging that Petty's daughter, Adria, attempted to take control of the estate.
Petty died on October 2, 2017 from an accidental drug overdose. An autopsy revealed a mixture of fentanyl, oxycodone, Xanax and other drugs in his system. He was 66 years old and had just completed a tour with his band, The Heartbreakers, with three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl.
Since then, two compilations have been published. Reprise Records released a box set, "An American Treasure", last September, followed by "The Best of Everything", released by Geffen Records / UMe in February. Other projects are planned, including an album entitled "Wildflowers – All The Rest", which would contain unpublished footage of the recording sessions of "Wildflowers" and which would be scheduled for the 25th anniversary of the year. album.
However, these plans are now compromised because Petty's heirs are fighting in court. Petty had two daughters, Adria and Annakim, from her marriage to Jane Petty, which ended in 1996. He married Dana York Petty in 2001.
Dana York Petty is the only trustee of her late husband's trust. The trust ordered him to create an entity to control Petty's catalog, with equal participation of his daughters. Adria and Annakim interpreted "equal participation" as meaning that they should gain control of the entity by a two-thirds majority. Dana York Petty argued that a professional manager should handle the transaction with the consent of all parties.
On Tuesday, Adria Petty filed her own probate application seeking an order granting her effective control of the catalog.
Dana York Petty, in her petition, says that Adria Petty has already made the task difficult for the field by issuing guidelines without consulting the other parties, changing opinions on key decisions and threatening Cancel major projects. According to the petition, Adria wanted to leave "and the Heartbreakers" of the artist's name on the album "Best of Everything", and sent a long email to Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell, founding members of the Heartbreakers, to talk to them.
"What I do not have the temper is to be raped all my life," she wrote. "To be decried. My father is dishonored. And being surrounded by selfish, unreliable people and drug addicts. "
The petition cites another episode in which the city of Gainesville, Florida, decided to rename a park in honor of Petty and asked the estate for the proper artwork. Adria Petty first approved the works of art sent to the city. But she later sent an email to Larry Jenkins, the property manager, and other people, claiming that the artwork was "HORRIBLE".
"IT'S MY DAD. WHAT IS THE BEST THING FOR PAPA ???????? "You are annoying ALL my father by allowing this work to come from his estate to Gainesville with enthusiasm."
According to the lawsuit, Adria also sought to defer the release of the album "Wildflowers" and told record directors that she would take full control of the estate this month.