Elizabeth Hurley's 17-year-old model son Damian wins inheritance battle against multimillionaire grandfather Peter Bing
Elizabeth Hurley and Steve Bing dated in 2001 and the fact that their son Damian Hurley was born out of wedlock was not appreciated by Steve's father
Elizabeth Hurley and American businessman Steve Bing's 17-year-old model son, Damian Hurley, has won a major victory in his legal battle against his grandfather, multi-millionaire Dr Peter Bing, over his inheritance.
Damian's grandfather tried to keep him away from his family trust money because he was born out of wedlock. However, a court stopped Peter Bing from carrying out any such action.
LA judge Daniel Juarez ruled this week that Damian is, in fact, a rightful beneficiary of the family trust, according to Daily Mail.
According to the outlet, Damian's grandfather said that he had "never met" the model and that he didn't want him inheriting his money. He felt the same about Steve Bing's other daughter and Damian's half-sister Kira Kerkorian, the daughter of Steve and former tennis star Lisa Bonder.
In March, a trustee for Steve’s father’s estate reportedly filed court papers looking to exclude them. The trust was established to "benefit future grandchildren" of Bing.
Grandfather Peter Bing had tried to redefine what "grandchild" meant in court papers.
His appeal said that Kira and Damian did not match his definition of grandchildren and that the trust wasn't meant for children born out of wedlock. The appeal also noted that the two did not live with their parents as minors. But the judge refuted the claim.
Steve had also accused his father Peter of "coordinating" with his sister Mary to "orchestrate a massive money-grab" which could funnel the inheritance from his children to hers.
Judge Juarez said, "There is no ambiguity in the trust’s use of the term “grandchild”. The trustee’s [Dr Bing] interpretation of the trusts is unreasonable, and the trustee’s construction of “grandchild” is simply unfounded."
Elizabeth Hurley and Steve Bing dated in 2001, and a year later she announced her pregnancy.
Although Steve did not accept Damian as his son, a paternity test proved otherwise.
The couple shared custody of the child and Hurley also said that he had "provided financially for Damian’s support" in court filings in May.