Late iconic rapper Tupac’s sister Sekyiwa Shakur recently alleged that music executive Tom Whalley has refused to “fully comply” in the legal battle over the musician’s estate.
According to Billboard, Sekyiwa told a Los Angeles judge that Tom has refused to “fully comply” with a critical court order in their ongoing legal battle. She reportedly called him out for having a “disregard for transparency” and a “false sense of entitlement.”
In the filing, Sekyiwa’s attorneys said the judge ordered an accounting report to address Tom’s “repeated pattern” of hiding information from beneficiaries, but he had done little to fix the issues. He was previously ordered to file a report on the state of Afeni Shakur-Davis’ trust after Sekyiwa and The Tupac Shakur Foundation accused him of having “embezzled millions” while running it. However, seven months later, the 47-year-old alleged that the music executive had fallen “woefully short of compliance.”
“Instead of remedying these issues, as it was intended to do, respondent’s accounting only further demonstrates respondent’s false sense of entitlement, disregard for transparency and unwillingness to properly comply with his obligation to account to the petitioners and act as a fiduciary,” her attorneys wrote. “[The] respondent has chosen to keep his actions and the status of the assets in the Trust and Amaru in the dark rather than allow reasonable review and comment. Respondent should not be allowed to continue spending the Trust’s assets to pursue a self-serving, drawn-out litigation campaign with the aim of withholding as much critical financial information as he can until forced to produce it and falsely promoting himself in the process. If the Trust’s money is to be spent, it should be spent efficiently on an independent CPA who will move expeditiously and account to the beneficiaries and the Court fairly and objectively.”
Tupac’s mother Afeni was named as beneficiary of his estate after he tragically died from a fatal shooting in 1996. When Afeni passed away in 2016, Tom was then named as the trustee of the Afeni Shakur-Davis Separate Property Trust. He was reportedly close friends with the legendary rapper and his mom, as he had signed Tupac to Interscope Records back in 1991.
In June, the attorney for Afeni’s trust, Howard King, claimed Tom had not committed any wrongdoing and “acted in the best interest of Tupac.
“These legal claims are disappointing and detrimental to all beneficiaries of the trust,” King said. “We are confident the court will promptly conclude that Tom has always acted in the best interests of Amaru, the trust, and all beneficiaries.”
A hearing in the case regarding Tupac’s estate is scheduled to take place in August.