Tupac Shakur’s sister is suing the executor of their late mother’s estate. She is accusing him of having embezzled millions of dollars and refusing to hand over personal items with “tremendous sentimental value” that belonged to the hip-hop legend, including gold records.
The estate is largely made up of funds left by Tupac himself after his death in September 1996. Tom Whalley, who has been the executor of Tupac’s estate since Tupac’s mother Afeni’s death in 2016. Shakur alleges that executor Tom Whalley is using the money as “a piggy bank” to make himself richer.
The lawsuit was filed on Monday in a Los Angeles superior court. The lawsuit states that “Whalley has effectively embezzled millions of dollars for his own benefit. Whalley has unreasonably enriched himself at the expense of the beneficiaries and in bad faith by taking excessive compensation in a position from which he should properly be barred based on the inherent conflict of interest.”
The lawsuit adds that royalties from Tupac’s music is the “principal income-producing asset of the Trust,” which transferred to Afeni after Tupac’s death, and to Whalley after her death in 2016. “Whalley has already received more than $5.5 million that he has paid himself in the last five years through Amaru,” Sekyiwa added in the suit. She also claims that Whalley made himself the manager of Amaru Entertainment, Tupac’s record label and the company making a large amount of the money for the Trust.
Elsewhere in the suit, Whalley is accused of withholding personal property inherited by Afeni from Tupac, including cars, gold records and jewellery. Whalley’s lawyer Howard King has denied the allegations in a statement, saying: “These legal claims are disappointing and detrimental to all beneficiaries of the trust. We are confident the court will promptly conclude that Tom has always acted in the best interests of Amaru, the trust, and all beneficiaries.”