The legal documents that celebrities present in the proceedings of a divorce give private information that ends up becoming headlines. Sometimes it's simple things, like the fact that 14 months after her birth the name of Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas' (Delphine) second daughter has now been known. Others, juicier information is revealed: such as that Cher hired four men to kidnap her own son, apparently concerned about his state of health and with the intention of admitting him to a rehabilitation center.
The latter is what has been known through a judicial statement of Marieangela King, 36, daughter-in-law of the artist and in the middle of divorce proceedings from Elijah Blue Allman, Cher's youngest son. The story goes back to the end of 2022, although it has not been until now that media such as People, The Post or the Daily Mail have accessed the court documents signed by King in which he makes that accusation, which date from December 5, 2022. Some papers that have been made public as part of the divorce process that Allman filed in November 2021.
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In his statement, King alleges that the international star hired four men in November last year to remove his 47-year-old son from a New York hotel room. Elijah Blue Allman and Marieangela King had been locked in an accommodation in the US city for days trying to arrange their marriage after in August 2022 Cher asked her to leave the home that the couple shared. And on November 30, just the day of their wedding anniversary, Cher settled that reconciliation option by taking Allman out of the hotel.
According to King, at the time of the incident both had been "alone in New York working on the marriage for 12 days" and one of the four men who entered his room told him that they had been hired by the winner of an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy and several Golden Globes. "I currently do not know the welfare or whereabouts of my husband. I'm very worried about him," King said in court documents in early December last year. The purpose of his statement was mainly to seek payment of his maintenance allowance, which he claimed had not been paid for 10 months, owing him a sum of $50,000 that made it impossible for him to pay his lawyers to process Allman's separation. Although now the divorce seems to be at an impasse, because this year, in a joint stipulation, the couple and their lawyers agreed to a pause in the case while "the parties decide if they want to continue with the pending process of dissolution of the marriage."
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"Since August 2022, I have been told that I cannot see or speak to [Allman], who is currently locked up in an undisclosed treatment center. They also told me that he does not have access to his phone, "he says at another point in his statement, according to Variety. "I understand his family's efforts to make sure he is okay and I want the best for my husband," King concludes the plea filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. In the past, Allman has spoken publicly about his addiction issues. At age 11, he started marijuana and ecstasy, and was just a preteen when he started trying hard drugs. Since 2010 I have been in and out of rehabilitation centers intermittently. Equally intermittent has been the relationship with his mother, with whom he has not spoken for years. When she married King in 2013, Cher did not attend the wedding. Elijah Blue Allman filed for divorce from the British artist in 2021 citing irreconcilable differences.
In August 2022, Cher's youngest son, born in 1976 during the singer's four-year marriage to Gregg Allman, was already in a medical facility. Like his parents, he has also tried to carve out a career in the music industry. According to the Daily Mail, the first to echo King's statement, at least for the last six months Allman was living at the Chateau Marmont hotel in West Hollywood (Los Angeles), and seeing his erratic behavior several of his employees contacted the artist to inform her about it. According to the British tabloid, since this September he has been admitted to a rehabilitation center in Pasadena (California).
Alexander 'AE' Edwards and Cher at the Balmain show at Paris Fashion Week, September 27, 2023.Stephane Cardinale - Corbis (Corbis via Getty Images)
For now, the singer of Belive, success of which just 25 years have passed, has not spoken about the reasons that this time have led her to become news; although it is not ruled out that he does, since he usually shares his thoughts on his X account (formerly Twitter). Like when Cher, 77, defended her current relationship in November last year, with a man 40 years her junior. After recently announcing that for the first time in her career she will publish a Christmas album (Cher Christmas), this Wednesday she could be seen hand in hand with her partner, Alexander AE Edwards, at the Balmain show at Paris fashion week.