According to TMZ, Chester Bennington‘s ex-wife has filed a claim with his estate for more than half a million dollars.
Samantha Olit, who was married to the LINKIN PARK singer from 1996 until 2005, is asking for money he allegedly owed her for child support from 2012 to 2017, which she estimates at more than $502,500, plus interest. She also wants a share in Chester‘s non-touring merchandising income and other royalty rights to his music.
Samantha and Chester‘s son, Draven, was born on April 19, 2002.
Chester married Talinda Bennington shortly after his divorce from Samantha, and had three children with her.
It was revealed in October that Chester has left his entire estate to his widow and his six children.
The LINKIN PARK singer, who tragically took his own life in July, left his retirement account to Talinda Bennington and divided the remaining assets among his six kids through the Chester And Talinda Bennington Family Trust. The trust was created in 2007 and amended in 2009, according to the will documents obtained by TMZ.
TMZ previously reported that Chester requested his children to visit each other after his death, even dedicating a fund for them to use for trips.
Chester committed suicide on July 20 at the age of 41. He was buried in a private service nine days later.
Samantha reportedly made a public post on Facebook in August, claiming that she and Draven were not allowed to speak at Chester‘s funeral, that the service itself resembled a radio festival and that there had been a “lack of respect and honesty” on the part of Talinda. Samantha also claimed that Chester‘s parents were not at the funeral and not mentioned in the program, which she said looked like a “cheap happy-hour menu.”