The battle between Tom Petty's kids and his widow rages on. Last month, competing petitions were filed by Dana York Petty and Petty's daughters, Adria Petty and Annakim Violette, all involving control of such things as Petty's estate in general and song catalog in particular. Now Variety reports the ante has been upped, with a lawsuit for at least $5 million in damages filed against York Petty, alleging that the wife of the late singer isn't allowing the Petty daughters "equal participation" in decisions on matters regarding Petty's estate. "Tom Petty wanted his music and his legacy to be controlled equally by his daughters, Adria and Annakim, and his wife, Dana," attorney Alex Weingarten says in a statement to Billboard. "Dana has refused Tom's express wishes and insisted instead upon misappropriating Tom's life's work for her own selfish interests."
The suit was filed by Weingarten on behalf of Petty Unlimited, the LLC set up in Petty's will that gave one-third of his assets to each of the three women. The complaint accuses York Petty of "self-dealing, theft, and gross mismanagement of company assets," alleging she set up a separate LLC. An attorney for York Petty is hitting back. "This misguided and meritless lawsuit sadly demonstrates exactly why Tom Petty designated his wife to be the sole trustee with authority to manage his estate," Adam Streisand says. "Dana will not allow destructive nonsense like this to distract her from protecting her husband’s legacy." (Read more Tom Petty stories.)