Robin Williams’ Widow Reveals Battles With Trustees Over Estate

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Susan Williams, the widow of the late Robin Williams, has revealed the reasons behind the legal battle over his estate.

Trustees claimed many personal items and household possessions as “memorabilia” to be put towards the estate, she told People Magazine. “I had to fight to keep my husband’s slippers.”

Coverage of the estate battle was “so wrong, I couldn’t read it,” she added. She was particularly upset by media reports that she “remodeled” the room where Williams died, describing the actual, painful reason behind that decision:

“Within that week [after his death], everyone has blueprints of our home. They’re picking out the room that Robin died in, it was pure insanity … I’m sitting here trying to figure out how to tell my boy that [his bedroom] is where Robin decided to go. How am I supposed to tell my 14-year-old son, ‘By the way, that’s where you’re going to sleep when we get home.’ I don’t think so. So someone suggested, ‘Take the collection room and convert it to a bedroom and when you guys move back in, he can sleep there, and we’ll forever make that room Robin’s room, and we’ll find our way.’ So then there’s a story, ‘Oh, she remodeled.’ It’s like, Wow.”


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