Rock ‘n’ roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis (81 years old) is suing his daughter Phoebe Lewis for elder abuse. Phoebe served as her father’s manager up until 5 years ago. Jerry claims that his daughter stole money from his estate, mismanaged funds, took advantage of his age and condition and more. Jerry’s multi-million dollar suit was filed in a California Superior Court,
Anyone who has seen the Jerry Lee Lewis biopic Great Balls of Fire! (1989) can attest that the Rock great has lived a tumultuous personal life. The defendant in this matter, Phoebe Lewis, is the product of the marriage of Jerry Lewis and Myra Gale Brown. Their marriage caused quite a stir back in 1957 when it was revealed that Myra was not 20, as it said on the marriage certificate, but 13 and Jerry’s cousin. Jerry has been married four times since his controversial marriage to the teenager and a total of seven times in total. His latest marriage came in 2012 at the age of 76. Jerry is certainly a fan and advocate of the legal divorce system, to say the least.
Jerry’s latest familial controversy comes in the form of a lawsuit against his fourth child. Among other claims in the lawsuit, Lewis claims his daughter abused him for years, forcing him to drink “drug cocktails” as well as keeping him locked away by himself in a moldy house, TMZ reported.
According to the ACL, elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. Legislatures in all 50 states have passed some form of elder abuse prevention laws. Laws and definitions of terms vary considerably from one state to another.
In California, Elder Abuse can be prosecuted under PENAL CODE § 368(e) and is punishable up to 4 years in jail. However, Lewis is suing his daughter in civil court utilizing California Civil Code, §§ 15657, 15610.63. The Code’s elements are as follows:
[Name of plaintiff] claims that [he/she/[name of decedent]] was physically and financially abused by [name of individual defendant] in violation of the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act. To establish this claim, [name of plaintiff] must prove all of the following by clear and convincing evidence:
1. That [name of individual defendant] physically and financially abused [name of plaintiff/decedent] by [insert applicable grounds for abuse];
2. That [name of plaintiff/decedent] was [65 years of age or older/a dependent adult] at the time of the conduct;
3. That [name of individual defendant] acted with [recklessness/malice/oppression/fraud];
4. That [name of plaintiff/decedent] was harmed; and
5. That [name of individual defendant]’s conduct was a substantial factor in causing [name of plaintiff/decedent]’s harm.
Jerry must prove these elements in order to be successful in a California Civil Court. In order to bolster his claim, he also alleged that Phoebe and her husband, Ezekiel Loftin, whom Jerry sued earlier this week, have stolen millions of dollars from Jerry’s fortune. Phoebe was her father’s manager from 2000 to 2012. According to doctors, Phoebe forced her aging father to go on strenuous tours despite his declining health.
Furthermore, Jerry claims that when he wasn’t on tour Phoebe forced him to stay in a moldy house – so bad that he had to wear an oxygen mask. Jerry claims that Loftin stole $5 million of his money to buy lavish items like luxury cars, plastic surgery, and real estate.
Jerry is seeking to get his money back and wants to bar his daughter and son-in-law from using his name or likeness.