National Enquirer Heirs Feud Over Family Fortune

A family feud. A multimillion dollar estate. Dueling allegations of fraud. Accusations of kidnapping, theft, and stalking. Tales of lavish spending that include a private jet chartered to transport 18 dogs.
And in the latest chapter, ongoing in a Florida courtroom today, a wealthy mother so fed up with allegedly being asked for handouts that she has filed a restraining order against her son.

The mother is Florida socialite and philanthropist Lois Pope, 79. The son is Paul Pope, 45, author of “The Deeds of My Fathers” and “Confessions of a Rich Kid from Hell.” They are the beneficiaries of a multi-million dollar estate, received following the death of Generoso Pope, founder of the National Enquirer, and the sale of the paper in 1989.

Lois Pope initially received $200 million in the sale, and Paul Pope got $20 million.

In court documents filed in Palm Beach, Fla., last week, Lois Pope accuses her son of demanding more of her money. When she would not turn the money over, she says, he began stalking her, threatening her with violence and spreading rumors about her to gossip columnists and tabloid journalists.

Paul Pope “maliciously and repeatedly harassed his 79-year-old mother… Paul Pope’s cruel behavior is causing Lois Pope to suffer substantial emotional distress and to genuinely fear for her safety,” Mrs. Pope claims in a restraining order petition.

Paul Pope, his mother contends, “maintain[s] an excessive and extravagant lifestyle, but has never had meaningful employment.”

Over the past several years, Paul Pope has repeatedly asked his mother for money, according to court documents. At times she has acquiesced, giving him $8 million and buying him a yacht, according to court papers. But for decades the two have been locked in a series of lawsuits and countersuits, culminating in this week’s restraining order hearing.

Most recently, on March 14, Paul Pope demanded $875,000 from his mother on top of $4 million he had asked for in January, she says in her complaint.

When she didn’t agree to the payment, she contends that her son contacted a gossip columnist to spread rumors about her.

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National Enquirer Heirs Feud Over Family Fortune

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4 Responses to “National Enquirer Heirs Feud Over Family Fortune”

  1. StandUp Says:

    It's a recipe for guardianship. What a shame!

  2. Thelma Says:

    Time to stop babying the boy!Let him get a job.

  3. Terry Says:

    This is going to be one to watch. I bet the lawyers are lined up smiling!

  4. Sue Says:

    I fear guardianship in the guiese of protection when in fact it's all about how to separate the money from the rightful owner. Watch this case eyes wide open.And as far as sonny boy, Paul Pope, what's up with him? 20 million isn't enough? Talk about the need to keep feeding his greed. He needs to grow up and get a real job or put his efforts into charitable work life is not fair and this is a case that proves that statement by President John F. Kennedy. Good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people is my motto for life.

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