2Pac’s sister, Sekyiwa Shakur, has filed a lawsuit against the executor of their late mother’s estate, alleging that he committed embezzlement, Billboard reports.
Sekyiwa and the Tupac Shakur Foundation accused Tom Whalley of declining to surrender 2Pac’s personal items that have significant “sentimental value,” like his cars, jewelry, artwork, and more.
As executor of the estate, Whalley also took on essential management duties regardless of a conflict of interest. He became executor of Afeni Shakur-Davis’s estate when she died in 2016. It was originally 2Pac’s, who passed away in 1996.
“He has effectively embezzled millions of dollars for his own benefit,” Sekyiwa wrote in court documents. “Whalley has unreasonably enriched himself at the expense of the beneficiaries and in bad faith by taking excessive compensation in a position from which he should properly be barred based on the inherent conflict of interest.”
Sekyiwa is also contesting Whalley’s role as manager of Amaru Entertainment, which he gave himself after becoming executor. Some of 2Pac’s music was released through the label, with Sekyiwa alleging that he has “received more than $5.5 million” through Amaru.
She wrote that Whalley has “used and abused his powers” in his executor role and as the estate’s special trustee, which she also said he’s using as a “piggy bank.”
Whalley’s attorney, Howard King rebuked the allegations, saying that Whalley was a “friend and confidant” to 2Pac and Afeni. King also said that Afeni gave the Afeni management role to Whalley before she died.
King called the accusations “disappointing and detrimental,” adding that they are “confident the court will promptly conclude that Tom has always acted in the best interests of Amaru, the trust, and all beneficiaries.”