A battle is now raging over control of the Tom Petty estate, according to reports. Court documents were filed on April 2nd between Petty's widow Dana Petty, and Tom's adult daughters Adria Petty and Annakim Violette. Adria and Annakim are Petty's children from his marriage to first wife Jane Benyo whom he was married to from 1974 to 1996. Petty married Dana York in 2001 and helped raise her son Dylan from a previous marriage.
Billboard reported, “In a petition filed in Los Angeles County court, Dana Petty alleges that the musician's two adult daughters are attempting to thwart her role as trustee by making it nearly impossible to manage the singer's estate. Dana is requesting the court establish an operating agreement that would appoint a manager to exercise authority over any 'significant decisions' made regarding Petty's assets. She further asks that all such decisions require consensus between the three women so as to prevent Adria and Annakim from overriding her.”
In addition to that, Dana Petty accuses Petty's daughter Adria of “abusive behavior not only towards her but Petty's managers, record labels and former bandmates.” She claims that her behavior delayed the release of a Petty hits compilation album, a 25th anniversary reissue of Petty's 1994 Wildflowers album — and blocking a $1 million deal for the collection that would have featured the long-rumored second album of material left on the cutting room floor.
Ultimate Classic Rock reported, “In a separate petition submitted to probate court, Adria said that she and her sister were promised an equal share of control in their father's estate by his will. She also claimed that her stepmom had failed to take her father's “artistic property” out of his trust and place it into a separate company that would be jointly administrated by all three women, as required.”
Tom Petty maintained a strong and loving relationship with his two daughters and was a steady and constant presence in their lives: “What's interesting about my girls right now is they seem to be going back and finding older stuff. Y'know, I have one that's just discovered Muddy Waters and thinks he's great, and they have very eclectic tastes. They're all over the map — but, sure, they play me stuff. They turned me on to Radiohead several years ago.”