Thursday 26 April 2018

Johnny Hallyday’s children begin battle over father’s will

The ‘French Elvis’ has bequeathed his property and artistic rights ‘exclusively’ to his widow – which his eldest children are now contesting.

Actor and musician Johnny Hallyday and wife Laetitia Hallyday at Cannes Film Festival (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Actor and musician Johnny Hallyday and wife Laetitia Hallyday at Cannes Film Festival (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

By Associated Press reporter

Lawyers for the children of late French rock singer Johnny Hallyday have started to contest the will that leaves everything to his widow.

Hallyday’s eldest children are contesting the document that bequeaths his property and artistic rights “exclusively” to his widow, Laeticia Hallyday, 43.

A hearing was held on Friday at a tribunal near Paris at the request of Hallyday’s eldest children – David Hallyday, 51, and Laura Smet, 34.

They want their late father’s inheritance to their stepmother — Hallyday’s fourth wife — to be frozen.

The court decision is expected at a later date.

The hearing had been postponed after the children’s lawyers said basic documents were missing.

Hallyday — dubbed the “French Elvis” — died last December.

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