Judge Rejects Petition to Fire Prince’s Estate Executor
A Minnesota judge has denied a request to fire the executor of Prince's estate after three of the six heirs of the rock legend filed a petition.
On Monday (Dec. 18), Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide said that removing Comerica Bank & Trust as the executor of Prince's estate is not in the best interests of the estate, Billboard reports. The judge also named retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice James Gilbert to serve as a moderator between the heirs and Comerica Bank & Trust.
In October, Prince's half-sisters, Sharon and Norrine Nelson, told the Associated Press they were prepared to take legal action after contents of Prince's vault, including master tapes of unreleased music, were moved from Paisley Park to California.
"We want the music back home in Paisley Park where it belongs," Sharon said, while Norrine called it "extraordinary and unconscionable."
According to Comerica, the recordings are safer in the new facility. “After reviewing the storage conditions at Paisley Park and out of concern regarding the consequences of a fire or other loss at the facility, Comerica determined that it was necessary to transfer the audio and visual content to a secure location where all of the original content could be securely stored and digitized as a safeguard against the destruction or loss of any original content,” the company stated.