It’s a court battle that has raged for several months, but it looks like Damien Hurley, son of actress and model Liz, will finally inherit some of the money due to him as Steve Bing’s son.
The decision was handed down in an LA court this week, with the judge calling the opposing side’s arguments “unreasonable”.
So what has been all the fuss about? it’s the kind of story the tabloids couldn’t make up. US billionaire businessman Dr Peter Bing has refused to recognise two of his grandchildren – Damien Hurley and his half-sister Kira Kerkorian – due to them being born “out of wedlock”.
The inheritance battle started when sportswoman Kira tried to access some information on the Bing family trust, which she believed she qualified for.
Hurley and mum Liz have stayed silent on the subject during court proceedings, preferring to concentrate on happier news including a campaign the 17-year-old shot with legendary fashion photographer Steven Maisel recently.
Damian was born after his mum and Steve Bing had dated back in the nineties. The film producer, initially denied that he was the dad, but a paternity test proved otherwise.
Since then the two haven’t had a relationship as such, but Bing has said that the recent court battle was his father’s way of “orchestrating a massive money-grab" according to a story in The Sun newspaper.
When Dr Peter Bing set up the family trust in 1980 the wording stipulated that any grandchild must be “raised by my children as part of their families” and that his trust “would not benefit any person bought out of wedlock unless that person had lived for a substantial period of time as a regular member of the household” said the Mirror.
Kerkorian herself has had a colourful family life. Her mother professional tennis player Lisa Bonder was married to US billionaire Kirk Kerkorian when she was born. But after Bondi divorced the businessman, he hired a private detective to prove hat Kira wasn’t his daughter. One DNA test later revealed she was actually the daughter of Steve Bing.
Kerkorian is not a spotlight hogger. Her Instagram profile is private and she usually shies away from media attention.