The biological grandfather of Elizabeth Hurley’s only son is waging a nasty legal battle to stop the teen from inheriting any of the family fortune.
The Austin Powers actress gave birth to her only child, Damian Charles Hurley, in 2002 after a brief fling with US businessman Steve Bing.
Mr Bing has an estimated net worth of $US600 million ($AU853 million), with the bulk of his fortune coming from his grandfather, New York real estate baron Leo S. Bing.
But despite that staggering wealth, the 16-year-old’s grandfather, Dr Peter Bing, is now trying to prevent Damian from getting his hands on the multimillion-dollar family trust.
Dr Bing has argued that Damian and his dad have never met, and that the teen isn’t eligible to become a Bing heir as he was “born out of wedlock”.
Damian Hurley, 16, makes regular appearances on his mum’s Instagram account. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied
The legal battle began after another of Mr Bing’s illegitimate children — 20-year-old Kira Kerkorian Bing — allegedly claimed she was a beneficiary of the trust and demanded information on it.
In response, Dr Bing filed court papers in Los Angeles County which asked for a judge to deem Ms Kerkorian Bing ineligible.
That’s because the trust, which was established in 1980, “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”, according to court documents, The Mirror reports.
Ms Kerkorian Bing’s mother is former tennis player Lisa Bonder, and originally she believed her daughter had been fathered by casino mogul Kirk Kerkorian.