The feud between Priscilla Presley and Riley Keough is getting messier.
As we’ve been reporting, the Daisy Jones & The Six star has been clashing with her grandmother since her mom Lisa Marie Presley’s tragic death in January. The two family members are fighting over the late musician’s trust, which includes the lucrative rights to Elvis Presley Enterprises and Graceland. Priscilla filed a petition challenging her daughter’s wishes after learning of a 2016 decision to remove her and her ex-manager Barry Siegal as trustees, replaced with Riley (and her late brother Benjamin Keough). This has been a major source of friction between the pair – to the point where they’re not even speaking to each other right now.
But apparently, their bitter feud runs a lot deeper than just the issues over the trust. In fact, it goes back to when Lisa Marie was in a nasty legal battle with her ex-husband Michael Lockwood. After breaking up with the 61-year-old in 2016, the singer went to court with him for years to fight over the custody of their twin daughter, Finley and Harper. During their legal dispute, Lisa Marie shockingly accused Michael of having “disturbing” photos and videos of child pornography on his computer. He denied everything at the time.
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Despite the serious allegations against him, Priscilla sided with Michael — something which may have led to Lisa Marie’s decision to remove her mom as a trustee in the first place! Not only did this feel like a betrayal to Lisa, it also bothered Riley — who “was always on her mom’s side when it came to Michael.”
Ultimately the worst of the allegations were dropped, and Michael and Lisa Marie’s battle ended with them getting shared custody of their daughters. But with the death of the singer-songwriter, the custody issue was brought to court — and it looks like Priscilla has gone against her family yet again!
According to DailyMail.com, the producer was granted full custody of his and Lisa Marie’s 14-year-old kids during a brief family court hearing in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Judicial assistant Gus Morales explained to the outlet that the court recognized the dad has “de facto” full custody of Harper and Finley. California law states that when one parent passes away, the other receives full custody unless the court determines they’re an unfit parent. Since Priscilla never objected, nor did any other family member file documents claiming he was an unfit parent, Michael got custody of the girls.
As you might expect, Riley wasn’t too happy about the decision, or her grandma’s part in it. The outlet reported the 33-year-old actress is furious over “losing” her sisters to Michael, who is considered an “outsider” in the family. Given the horrifying allegations against the guitarist, no one could blame her for being concerned and angered over how the legal case played out. It also must have felt like a huge betrayal from Priscilla for siding with Michael — again!
On top of getting full custody, Michael filed documents to become the twins’ guardian ad litem to represent them in the trust battle — and he is, of course, on team Priscilla. This means he could go against Riley when the family goes to court over the issue on April 13, on behalf of his kids. So no wonder the actress is upset right now! (And no wonder Priscilla is on his side, if you believe the worst about her…)
It’s such a complicated situation, and it seems like the feud will only worsen as Riley and Priscilla get closer to their hearing. We’ll have to wait and see how things turn out. Reactions to the latest, Perezcious readers? Let us know in the comments below.
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