Robin Wil­liams widow, chil­dren agree to ne­go­ti­ate over be­long­ings out of court

The China Post - - ARTS -

Robin Wil­liams’ widow and his three chil­dren have agreed to outof-court ne­go­ti­a­tions in a battle over parts of the late ac­tor’s es­tate — in­clud­ing movie awards such as his 1998 Os­car for “Good Will Hunt­ing.”

A judge in San Fran­cisco de­layed un­til June a hear­ing on a suit filed in De­cem­ber by Su­san Sch­nei­der, with whom the co­me­dian and movie star had been mar­ried for five years when he com­mit­ted sui­cide in Au­gust of last year at the age of 63.

Sch­nei­der’s at­tor­ney, James Wagstaffe, told AFP that over the next two weeks he would meet with Wil­liams’ three chil­dren from two pre­vi­ous mar­riages — Zelda, Zachary and Cody Wil­liams — to try to reach an agree­ment.

If this fails a me­di­a­tor will in­ter­vene, he said.

The dead­line is June, when the battle could reach court and be­come public.

The dis­pute cen­ters on ob­jects re­lated to the ac­tor’s ca­reer, his child­hood and ob­jects from his of- fice, ex­cept the fur­ni­ture that was in the house he shared with his now widow.

The movie awards that Wil­liams won, such as his Os­car, would be worth a lot of money to his chil­dren, the at­tor­ney said.

Sch­nei­der said in her law­suit that the ex­ecu­tors of the fund that the ac­tor cre­ated to man­age his es­tate in­sisted, days af­ter his death, on hav­ing ac­cess to his home to share out and take pos­ses­sion of some ob­jects.

The widow says all she wants is the suit Wil­liams wore in the cer­e­mony in which he mar­ried her and their wed­ding gifts.

Zelda Wil­liams re­jected re­ports on so­cial me­dia Mon­day that she and her sib­lings had al­ready re­moved ob­jects from the home of their late fa­ther.

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