In a lawsuit as strange as old tabloid headlines, National Enquirer heiress Lois Pope is being accused of publicizing personal details about a 10-year-old grandson — then buying kidnap and ransom insurance on the child and his family!
And now plaintiff Paul Pope, socialite Lois’ son and the father of the child, wants his elderly mother to pay him $5 million-plus for her emotional distress causing actions, according to the lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County.
It’s another salvo in an epic family feud and, ultimately, control over what’s left of the $412.5 million that the Popes received from the sale of the Boca Raton-based supermarket tabloid 24 years ago.
The celebrity paper was founded by Lois’ husband and Paul’s dad, Generoso Pope, in 1952.
Just last month, the high-profile Palm Beach philanthropist Lois, 79, asked a judge in West Palm Beach for an injunction against her writer son, whom she accused of domestic violence and stalking. That case is pending.
In his recent lawsuit, meanwhile, the 45-year-old Paul claims his mother started talking about purchasing kidnap and ransom insurance — insurance that usually protect high-profile executives who travel to countries where kidnapping occur frequently — on him and his three children.
Paul Pope claims the policy would pay the ransom asked by kidnappers if he or his minor kids were abducted.
Lois eventually bought the policy and, according to the lawsuit, told Paul about it much later.
Paul Pope’s filing also mentions that he saw his mother’s purchase of the insurance — first reported by Gossip Extra March 19 — to be a “veiled threat” against his and his children’s safety.
Lois has yet to respond to the complaint filed April 29.
In late March, Paul was quoted in an article in the New York Times in which he hinted that Lois “bought” positive coverage in the island’s newspaper, The Palm Beach Daily News, by flying society editor Shannon Donnelly on her private jet to Aspen, Colo., to vacation in the Popes’ mountain chalet.