Legendary 1960s crooner Vic Damone is entangled in a tug-of-war in a Palm Beach County court for control over the destiny of his ill wife and her fortune.
Silk-voiced Damone, 84, is battling his socialite wife Rena Rowan‘s two daughters over whether Rowan, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2011, is well enough to make her own decisions.
According to court records, Rena’s daughter Nina Rowan claims Rena is too ill to function while Damone says his wife of 15 years is doing just fine.
Both parties argued their side in court yesterday in West Palm Beach, with Nina asking for the appointment of a guardian for their mother other than Damone.
What’s it all about?
Damone has been trying to limit access to his wife by daughters Nina and Lisa Rowan, and both want to see their mother, court records show.
But, like most things in Palm Beach, it’s also all about cold hard cash.
Rena was a successful clothing distributor who started the Jones New York chain in the mid-1970s. In time, she sold her shares in the company and made a bundle.
One source tells me Rena could be worth in the $50 million range. She owns two homes in Palm Beach worth a combined $6.2 million.
Gambling, mooching off women
Daughter Nina, meanwhile, worries that the socialite’s fortune will vanish into Damone’s pockets.
“The value of (Rowan’s) property is at risk if the husband is able to manipulate the alleged incapacitated person to change her trust to name the husband as a beneficiary,” Nina’s petition reads.
And a not-so-sterling portrait of the singer of On The Street Where You Live is painted by the daughters in the court file.
“(Damone) has a gambling problem,” the recent petition also reads. “He had been married four previous times, and had lived off the assets and income of each of his former wives to their detriment.”
Already, according to court papers, Damone received $5 million cash from his wife after a post-nuptial agreement was signed. The condition was that Damone would never ask her for money again.
Two bitches trying to upset me!
“Obviously, this has nothing to do with my wife but with the fact that her daughters don’t get along with me,” Damone told Gossip Extra in an exclusive interview. “These two bitches are trying to upset me.
“I have my own money. I don’t need my wife’s. I love my wife and I’m taking care of her. She’s not incapacitated. She’s coherent. She’s doing well.”
Judge Diana Lewis sided with Damone yesterday, and declared her capable to make her own decisions.
Nina Rowan’s lawyer has yet to return calls for comment.