ITS ON! Family Fight over Robin Williams Estate


From Radar Online

Robin Williams’ daughter, Zelda, has finally broken her silence about the ongoing feud with her stepmom Susan Schneider Williams.

Just hours after lawyers for Robin’s widow and his three children agreed to attempt to settle the dispute over the Good Morning Vietnam’s star belongings, Zelda issued a statement on her Tumblr page.

“While I have not had, and will continue not to have any comment on my family’s current legal proceedings (as their private nature has already been violated enough), there is one bit of misinformation being proliferated by the media that I have been made aware of and strongly feel the need to correct,” she wrote.

“My brothers and I have not at any point since dad’s death been invited to or visited his and Susan’s house in Tiburon, nor have we removed anything from it,” she insisted. “For reporters to twist Susan’s court petition to imply that she believes my siblings and I did otherwise is to attempt to create drama where there is none and spread outright falsehoods, sadly a more and more common occurrence on the ‘news’ these days.”

“At least in this instance, it is gossip I can disprove with actual fact,” she wrote. “Anywho, that’s all for now. So long, and thanks for all the fish!”

The family feud has been heating up for months, as Radar has reported. In court documents filed late last year, Schneider, 50, alleged that property was “unilaterally removed” from their home “days after Mr. Williams death.” The Williams children insisted that they were only following their father’s wishes.

Robin Williams Estate Tiburon California 

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Williams’ children, Zachary, Zelda and Cody, said in response that Schneider is “adding insult to a terrible injury” by trying to change the trust agreement and rob them of the late actor’s belongings, including jewelry and memorabilia.

n a statement posted Monday, Zelda Williams denied going to her father’s home in Tiburon to take items. “My brothers and I have not at any point since dad’s death been invited to or visited his and Susan’s house in Tiburon, nor have we removed anything from it,” Williams said.

The two sides can’t even agree on how contentious the case is.

Jim Wagstaffe, attorney for Williams’ widow Susan Schneider, downplayed that it’s a bitter battle.

“The media always has spin,” Wagstaffe said. “And sometimes spin and what happens in real life are different.”

Meredith Bushnell, the attorney representing the actor’s three adult children says if all were good, they wouldn’t need to be in court.

“It’s painful,” Bushnell said. “This is a long, drawn out process.”

Williams’ trust granted his children his memorabilia and awards in the entertainment industry among other particular personal items, according to court documents.

Schneider says that because he wanted her to continue to live at the Tiburon home, it makes sense that he intended for his children only to have the specific personal items kept at another home he owned in Napa.

READ MORE: Here’s What’s Happening With That Robin Williams Tunnel Petition

KPIX legal analyst Melissa Griffin-Caen says at issue is when the estate and memorabilia overlap — like posters and books.

“The question is, if there’s something in that Tiburon house that’s an entertainment item, what claim would the kids have to it?” Caen said.

The judge told both sides to figure out who gets what, or he’ll see them in court again in eight weeks.

Robin Williams died at his home in Tiburon, north of San Francisco, in August. The coroner ruled his death a suicide that resulted from asphyxia caused by hanging.

The actor’s wife has said he struggled with depression, anxiety and a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

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