Sylvester Stallone settled abuse allegations by paying late sister millions
While Sylvester Stallone was riding high with dumb action movies in 1987, he was busy negotiating a confidential settlement worth millions with his late half-sister Toni-Ann Filiti over allegations he abused her, the New York Post's Page Six reports. His accountant must have been pretty happy when she died last August, then.
Page Six says Filiti "asserted claims for personal injury, including physical injury" against Sly, who "vigorously denied and continues to deny and dispute all claims of wrongdoing." Stallone agreed 26 years ago to pay Filiti $2 million, plus $16,666.66 per month for the rest of her life, plus another $50,000 per year for psychiatric and medical expenses. And according to the siblings' own mother, Jacqueline Stallone, that care was desperately needed, because Toni-Ann was cray-cray.
"This was nothing more than a shakedown," Jacqueline told the paper. "Toni-Ann was on 65 Oxycontin pills a day, and she threatened Sylvester. A drug addict will do anything. When Sylvester became famous, she didn't have to hook. He was trying to help her. He caved in. ... There were too many conflicting stories ... At the time (in 1987) he was very hot, and his lawyers said, 'Give her something just to shut her up.'"
Filiti's son Edd, 19, disputed the allegations, telling the Post, "They've made my mother out to be the black sheep." He says he learned of the alleged abuse when his mother complained of it while dying of lung cancer last year. But Sly's rep didn't waver.
"Unfortunately, celebrities, politicians and athletes frequently find themselves the targets of blackmail efforts by family members and associates who fabricate claims in order to extort payments from them," a rep told the Post. Also, the targets of tabloids who profit off weird stories like this.
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