Tom Petty's Wife and daughters feuding over a Petty salad dressing

News 31/05/2019

The wife and daughters of Tom Petty have begun a new feud, this time over salad dressing. 

Dana cannot allow Daughters to continue down this path of destroying everything their father was about.

His widow and trustee of his estate, Dana has allegedly been accusing Petty's daughters from his first marriage, Adria and Annakim, of wanting to use Petty's likeness for new lines of merchandises.

According to Page Six who has seen a new legal filing from Dana, "Adria wanted to authorize Tom's name and likeness to be used to promote products akin to Paul Newman, whose face adorns bottles of salad dressing and so on," it states. "But Tom would never have permitted such a thing, he never 'sold out' while he was alive and refused to do any such thing despite numerous opportunities. Dana is certain Tom's fans would also find it a sad perversion of Tom's legacy.

The document also states, "Dana cannot allow Daughters to continue down this path of destroying everything their father was about." It adds that Adria and her sister Annakim are being "reprehensible and unthinkable." Dana alleges that they've "responded with abuse, threats and lawsuits" and that "Adria's foul behaviour … has caused enormous damage to many of Tom's professional relationships."

[Petty] entrusted his wife Dana to choose how all three women could work together to carry on Tom's legacy

Although Dana is the trustee, his daughters were awarded "equal participation" in decisions regarding Petty's estate. Just a few weeks ago, the two daughters sued their stepmother for $5 million that they accuse of her moving to a limited liability company that she had established.

"Dana Petty would have done almost anything to avoid all of this," her lawyer Adam Streisand explained. "Over the past weeks and months, however, the behaviour of her stepdaughters Adria and Annakim have gone from unconscionable to unhinged – and it needs to be stopped."

Streisand continued, "[Petty] entrusted his wife Dana to choose how all three women could work together to carry on Tom's legacy. But Adria and Annakim thought they could bully Dana and cast her aside. In the process, they've threatened, maligned and sued the people Tom worked closely with for decades. Her loyalty to her husband and the people he loved and trusted gave her the strength to fight, not only for herself but for the whole Tom Petty and Heartbreakers family."

On the other side, Adria and Annakim's lawyer, Alex Weingarten fights back saying Dana has not set up the necessary business required to control Petty's catalogue and intellectual property. 

"Dana and her lawyer are basing their case on smoke and mirrors," Weingarten accuses. "Every claim they make is demonstrably false. Adria and Annakim are laser-focused on one thing – honouring and protecting their father's legacy and enforcing the terms of his trust, as written."