Movie star Sylvester Stallone paid his sister millions to prevent her from making false accusations of physical abuse.
Toni-Ann Flitti, Stallone’s half-sibling, died last year of lung cancer, The San Jose Mercury News reports. Stallone paid her millions in the 1980s after she threatened to damage his reputation with fabricated allegations of abuse. The star also set up a trust fund to pay her medical expenses and paid her a monthly income to quiet her.
Both a representative for Stallone and his mother confirmed the payments and the false allegations. Stallone’s mother went on to say that Flitti was addicted to prescription drugs and that Stallone’s lawyers at the time advised him to pay her to be silent.
A spokesman for Stallone told Page Six of The New York Post, “Unfortunately, celebrities, politicians and athletes frequently find themselves the targets of blackmail efforts by family members and associates who fabricate claims in order to extort payments from them.”
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