Sekyiwa Shakur, the sister of Tupac Shakur, has filed a lawsuit against the executor of their late mother’s estate for embezzling “millions of dollars” and refusing to return items owned by the family.
According to reports, the suit alleged that Tom Whalley, the executor of Afeni Shakur-Davis’ estate, committed “blatant violations” in his position as executor. “He has effectively embezzled millions of dollars for his own benefit,” Sekyiwa accused in the suit. “Whalley has unreasonably enriched himself at the expense of the beneficiaries and in bad faith by taking excessive compensation in a position from which he should properly be barred based on the inherent conflict of interest.”
The suit adds that Whalley supposedly made himself the manager of Amaru Entertainment — the record label handling 2Pac’s music and the main “income-producing asset of the Trust” — despite it being a conflict of interest. Sekyiwa continued to accuse him of receiving “more than $5.5 million that he has paid himself in the last five years through Amaru,” and that he refused to return items such as Pac’s cars, jewelry, artwork, “golden records” and things Afeni inherited from her late on.
“It is clear that he has used and abused his powers as executor and special trustee of the estate and the trust to convert the personal property belonging to Sekyiwa as a piggy bank from which he has drawn substantial funds for his own benefit,” the suit read.
Litigator Howard King responded to Sekyiwa’s claims and specified that Whalley was allegedly named manager of Amaru Entertainment by Afeni herself before she died. “These legal claims are disappointing and detrimental to all beneficiaries of the trust,” King said. “We are confident the court will promptly conclude that Tom has always acted in the best interests of Amaru, the trust, and all beneficiaries.”
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