Sylvester Stallone's taped conversations with his half-sister have been destroyed, according to The New York Post on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. The destruction of these tapes of conversations between Stallone and his half-sister, Toni-Ann Filiti, was part of the settlement of abuse charges filed by Filiti in 1987. The suit was described by New York Post as follows:
In the 1987 settlement, Filiti “asserted claims for personal injury, including physical injury” against Stallone, while he “vigorously denied and continues to deny and dispute all claims of wrongdoing.”
Stallone had been paying his half-sister, Toni-Ann Filiti, a monthly stipend of $16,666.66 after an initial monetary payment of $2 million. He also agreed to $50,000 a year for psychiatric and medical bills.
Toni-Ann Filiti made her allegations of abuse at the hands of Sylvester Stallone when he was at the height of his career. The mother of both parties, Jackie, has stated that the whole thing was a blackmail scheme perpetrated by her daughter who was “on 65 Oxycontin pills a day” and “a drug addict” desperate for cash, according to The New York Post. Her father, who was not the father of Sylvester Stallone, had threatened to disown her, offering to pay her to change her name.
Like most other cases of this nature, much of the story involves one person’s word against another. The decision to settle is often done to minimize the public relations damages of mere allegations of this type. Sylvester Stallone and his representatives have assured the destruction of the only evidence that could provide a real understanding of Toni-Ann Filiti’s charges. According to The New York Post, Filiti’s son stated that his mother maintained the truth of her story until she died.
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