Zsa Zsa Gabor case: Husband, daughter to settle care dispute?
Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband, Frederic Prinz Von Anhalt, and her daughter, Francesca Hilton, are trying to settle a legal battle over the actress' conservatorship out of court.
Lawyers for both sides plan to meet with a retired probate judge in June and are set to report the results of the mediation at a hearing on July 11, the Associated Press reported. Von Anhalt and Hilton are demanding control over the 95-year-old actress' financial affairs and medical care.
In March, Hilton's attorney filed a claim at a city court requesting that an independent conservator handle Gabor's affairs, rather than Von Anhalt, her longtime caretaker.
On April 20, Von Anhalt filed a formal objection, claiming that Hilton is the last person who should care for her ailing mother, due to her "past conduct." He blames Hilton for the estate's financial problems and claims he does everything he can to care for Gabor, including hiring help and "prudently" monitoring finances.
Hilton, a Los Angeles comedienne whose official first name is Constance, has squabbled with Von Anhalt for decades and has at times insulted him on stage at her stand-up comedy shows.
Hilton, 66, visited her mother in the hospital during her treatments and at her home. She says Von Anhalt restricts their communication and that Gabor seemed "heavily sedated" at the house, adding that a visitor saw the remnants of bedsores. Von Anhalt rejects her claims.
Von Anhalt has told reporters that he and Gabor are in debt. Their home was listed for sale in June 2011 for $15 million. The property has since been taken off the market. The estimated value of the home is currently less than $4 million, according to real estate reports.
The property, which was originally purchased in Gabor's name, is in default and $85,000 is owed on the mortgage. Francesca Hilton says Von Anhalt had borrowed $700,000 to pay for it, which he admits, but says she is to blame for the default because she refinanced the home loan several years ago.
He says he still plans to sell the house to pay off his wife's debts, adding that he cannot afford his monthly payments, which total $30,000, and that his wife's monthly income is $6,000.
Gabor, a Hungarian native, is seen by many as a symbol of European glamour and wealth and is known for her reported nine marriages, including to Francesca Hilton's father, Conrad Hilton. She has no other children.
In February, Von Anhalt, 68, threw Gabor a lavish birthday party at their mansion in Bel-Air, California. The actress, who cannot walk or eat solid food, remained behind closed doors and did not appear before the scores of journalists who were invited to the event. Gabor's daughter was also a no-show.
Gabor has been in and out of the hospital since she broke her hip in July 2010. Gabor, who has not been able to walk for at least 10 years, had part of her leg amputated in January 2011. The most recent picture of her was released in June 2011. She was photographed on a bed in her home at von Anhalt's birthday party.