Redstone Faces Ex-Girlfriend's Palimony Demand

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  • Shari Redstone loses bid to dismiss Sydney Holland’s complaint
  • Media mogul is suing Holland, Manuela Herzer for elder abuse

Sydney Holland and Sumner Redstone in 2014.

Photographer: Todd Williamson/Invision for The Hollywood Reporter/AP Photo

One of billionaire Sumner Redstone’s former girlfriends won court permission to pursue a claim that his daughter Shari invaded her privacy and pushed the media mogul to abandon his promise of lifetime financial support.

A Los Angeles judge on Monday refused to dismiss Sydney Holland’s complaint that Shari Redstone secretly paid her father’s staff to dig up confidential information that could be used to oust Holland from his life. Holland is seeking about half of Sumner Redstone’s liquid assets as palimony, or about 1 to 2 percent of his $5 billion estate, according to her attorney, Mark Holscher.

Robert Klieger, an attorney for Shari Redstone, declined to comment on Monday’s ruling.

Klieger had argued in court papers that there was no enforceable palimony agreement and that Holland couldn’t prove that Shari Redstone had knowledge of the oral contract that the ex-girlfriend alleges she had with Sumner Redstone.

Holland filed a separate complaint in December against Sumner Redstone, the controlling shareholder of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp., after he sued her and another ex-girlfriend in October seeking more than $150 million in damages for allegedly taking advantage of him.

The case is Redstone v. Herzer, BC638054, California Superior Court, Los Angeles County.

(An earlier version of this story corrected the nature of the judge’s ruling.)

— With assistance by Edvard Pettersson

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