Kinkade's Lover Threatens to Reveal Family Secrets
Amy Pinto has documents that could hurt Kinkade family, businesses: complaint
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2012 9:33 AM CDT
In this Sept. 15, 2006 file photo, artist Thomas Kinkade unveils his painting, "Prayer For Peace," at the opening of the exhibit "From Abraham to Jesus," in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/Gene Blythe, File)

(Newser) The Daily, which apparently has an inside line on all the depressing details surrounding Thomas Kinkade's death, reports that the painter's girlfriend is threatening to reveal information that will hurt Kinkade's family. On the morning Kinkade died, Amy Pinto showed a family friend of the artist a collection of personal items including photos and papers. The friend, Linda Raasch, warned that the documents could hurt the Kinkade family, but Pinto refused to give them back and said she might publicize them, according to a civil complaint filed against Pinto on behalf of Kinkade's parent company and his estranged wife, Nanette.

The complaint also states that Kinkade's bodyguard heard Pinto belittling Kinkade's wife and daughters, and believed she was "gathering evidence" to "tear down" his family and businesses. Pinto, a former electrical engineer, reportedly stopped working when she met Kinkade; he had been paying her expenses including credit card bills, and she has lived in his California mansion since last year. Last week, Kinkade's brother Patrick told the San Jose Mercury News that Kinkade had been battling alcoholism for a few years, partially because he was upset at criticism of his work, but that he had sobered up over the past few months.

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Apr 19, 2012 2:04 AM CDT
OMG, I cannot believe what a poor choice Amy Pinto is. In fact she should be charged with theft if she takes one thing from the house. Nanette was still married to Thom and just separated. This girl I believe needs to be investigated. Obviously the girl did not love Mr. Kinkade to let him drink all night. Are you kidding me. I have felt from the beginning this girl may have had something to do with his death. She states he was with the woman he loved. BS, If he loved amy he wouldn't of been drinking. The woman he loved was leaving and that is why he drank and because he choose to. Any woman who truly loved Thom would of called the paramedics a long time before. Are you kidding me. What a liar this woman was. Thom deserved better. Love confronts and would of got him help. Love would never expose anything about his family. this cheap broad needs to be seriously investigated and if she took anything from the house of Mr. Kinkade or his family then she should go to jail. Not only that but this broad had something to do with his death. What a low form of life she is. First to even try and hurt a family already broken is the lowest of the lows. Mr. Kinkade would not want anyone to hurt his family. I am sure his lifestyle already has devastated them. His death has also. Do not give this Amy Pinto any more space on a newspaper. Thoms family has been very quiet and said 1 or 2 things and they are of class. Amy Pinto shut the h up. You leave Thoms family alone. You really are low to attept to hurt them. Thom loved them. How dare you even coerce anyone. You should go to jail for using Mr. Kinkade, and coercing others is 20 years in prison. You leave Thoms wife and kids alone. Thom needed rehab and you let him die without getting him help. You know nothing about love.
Apr 17, 2012 10:38 AM CDT
You mean he was a real man, trapped in a life of sin and suffering? Just like the rest of the world? Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone. His mistakes and sins do not discolor his art. The difference between Christians and non-Christians is that Christians ask God to forgive them and seek to be humble. Sometimes we get depressed, sometimes we resort to falling off the wagon. Sometimes we never go that far and get back on track quickly. It's all about the struggle to put to death the sinful nature within us all...
Apr 17, 2012 7:46 AM CDT
Hear that collective groan amongst Christians? That's the sound of all the fools who bought his paintings now realizing they are worthless.