Kinkade's Wife to Girlfriend: Keep Your Mouth Shut
Nanette Kinkade files restraining order against Amy Pinto-Walsh
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2012 4:17 PM 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)
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(Newser) – Thomas Kinkade's wife doesn't want his girlfriend dishing dirt on the recently deceased artist. Wife Nanette has filed a restraining order against live-in girlfriend Amy Pinto-Walsh, designed to stop her from saying or doing anything that would cast a negative light on Kinkade, the Los Angeles Times reports. This in the wake of Pinto showing a family friend personal documents of Kinkade's that would be damaging—and a report that she was "gathering evidence" to "tear down" his family and businesses.

Whatever Pinto has on him "would be personally devastating not only for Mrs. Kinkade, but also for the family's four daughters, who are grieving the sudden loss of their father," wrote Nanette's attorneys, according to the Los Gatos Patch. Kinkade has already faced criticism for allegedly nasty business practices that drove former gallery owners to financial ruin. With all this meanness swirling around, the Times notes that Kinkade's family may have attributed his death to natural causes too hastily; autopsy results aren't out yet. Kinkade reportedly drank heavily the night before and was $9 million in debt at the time.