Before Death, Half-Sis Tweeted Angrily About Julia Roberts

Nancy Motes called famous sibling 'cruel;' officials eye possible suicide

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 11, 2014 10:50 AM CST

(Newser) – Just weeks before she was found dead of an apparent drug overdose, Julia Roberts' half-sister, Nancy Motes, had tweeted angrily about her famous sibling and the rest of her family, the New York Daily News reports. The tweets have apparently since been deleted, but the Daily News has screenshots of a few:

  • January 19: "So my 'sister' said that with all her friends & fans she doesn’t need anymore love. Just so you all know 'America’s Sweetheart' is a B----H!!"
  • January 19: "Do you want to be a fan of someone so cruel? She’s not even that good of an actress. Happy you totally F---ed with me?"
  • January 19: "I must admit I maybe going to far... But I never been so angry in my life."
  • January 22: "My own family has abandoned me."

In earlier tweets from October, Motes said, "It's a shame when you get more support from strangers than you do from your family. I can't wait to officially belong to another family! A family that loves & accepts me. Doesn't throw shade my way. Forgives me for my mistakes & loves me for who I am." Motes was set to marry film and TV locations manager John Dilbeck (on Twitter, she listed her name as "Nancy Dabbs Dilbeck"), whom Roberts reportedly disliked, in May. A law enforcement source says Dilbeck found Motes' body Sunday, in a bathtub at a home where she was pet-sitting, and notes that there was no suicide note and no evidence of foul play. But a spokesperson for the coroner's office says that "indications of a suicide note" were found, according to Reuters, and another official from the coroner's office tells Us, "We're taking it as a suicide, not a drowning. ... The investigator at the scene listed at this point that he is going with suicide." No official word yet, however.

This Jan. 4, 2014 file photo shows Julia Roberts at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, Calif.
This Jan. 4, 2014 file photo shows Julia Roberts at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Julia Roberts arrives at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Julia Roberts arrives at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
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