Man Claiming To Be Son Seeks Part Of Fortune

April 18, 2019

A man claiming to be Reg Grundy’s son has joined the battle for the late television mogul’s $900 million estate, which includes a luxurious property in Bermuda, where the Australian tycoon and his wife lived for many years.

This according to a report in the Daily Mail, which citing the Australian Daily Telegraph, said,  “A man claiming to be Reg Grundy’s secret love child has joined the battle for the late television mogul’s $900 million estate.

“Simon Thomas Russell has come forward to claim he is the son of the famed Australian producer – the man behind shows such as Neighbours and Prisoner – who died in 2016, leaving behind overseas assets worth $800 million, and $71 million locally.

“Grundy, who also produced the Australian versions of popular game shows Wheel of Fortune and The Price is Right, was thought to have fathered only one child, Kim Robin Grundy, now known as Viola La Valette, who launched a legal battle for her share of his fortune last year.

“She was challenging his decision to leave the bulk of his estate to his second wife Carolyn Joy Chambers-Grundy, and said he was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease when he made that will.

“The court heard on Wednesday that Russell has already begun the DNA testing process to prove he is his biological son, The Daily Telegraph reported.

“His barrister Nicolas Kirby told the court that DNA samples from both Mr Grundy and Mr Russell were being held at a lab.

“However the lab cannot perform the testing until it obtains an affidavit from Ms. Chambers-Grundy, who lives in Bermuda.

“The value of a 1.6-hectare property in Bermuda, believed to be the palatial Idolwood Lagoon Estate, is expected to be called into question during proceedings.

“After marrying his first wife in his 20s and divorcing her years later, Grundy lived with his daughter Kim, and his mother in the 1960s while he built his television empire.

“Mr Grundy met Joy, an author and actress, when she was a panellist on the game show I’ve Got a Secret, and married her four years later in 1971.

“Ms Grundy continues to live in the couple’s sprawling Bermuda mansion. However, she did briefly return to Sydney for the court appearance.

“The couple moved to Bermuda in the early 1980s and they were there together the day he passed away.”

You can read the full story here on Daily Mail.

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