Paul Walker Estate Sues Late Actor’s Friend Over Missing Cars, Extortion
Paul Walker’s estate is suing Richard Taylor, a friend of the late actor, for allegedly holding on to some of Walker’s car collection and trying to his extort his family.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court through William Walker, the movie star’s father, who is the executor of his estate. According to the legal documents, Taylor sometimes assisted Walker with his extensive car collection, and is currently in possession of seven vehicles, including a Porsche and multiple BMWs. Walker’s family claims that within 24 hours of his fatal 2013 crash, Taylor’s associates removed the vehicles from the warehouse where they were stored, and has been keeping them in an undisclosed location ever since.
Walker’s estate is arguing that while multiple companies and people, including Taylor, regularly used the facility, he had no right to take or hold on to the cars. The legal papers further allege Taylor has refused to return the vehicles “to extort money or other concessions” from the estate. The lawsuit asks for the cars (or their cash value, should they no longer be obtainable), as well as unspecified damages.
The suit comes nearly six months after Walker’s estate sued the family of Roger Rodas, who also died in the tragic accident. As Gossip Cop reported last December, the Fast & Furious star’s father demanded nearly $2 million from Rodas’ heirs for allegedly not turning over $1.8 million worth of Walker’s cars. It’s not clear if this new legal battle is about the same specific vehicles.
As Gossip Cop has reported, Walker and Rodas co-owned the car shop Always Evolving, and it was alleged several of the cars being held by Rodas’ estate actually belonged to Walker, something Rodas’ family contested. On the day of their death, Walker and Rodas were hosting a charity event featuring cars in Valencia, California, the same location of the aforementioned warehouse. Gossip Cop will have updates.