The sister of the late comedian and actor Louie Anderson has been accused of “elder neglect” in a bitter battle over his fortune.
According to RadarOnlinemid a tense lawsuit filed by the Life with Louie star’s sister, Lisa Anderson, a close friend of Anderson’s claimed she never bothered to visit him while he was sick.RadarOnline reports.
The close friend, Abraham Geisness, who court documents note was at one point Anderson’s “lover”, said Lisa “did not visit Louie once during his treatment” for Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The comedian died in January 2022 of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.
Anderson was diagnosed with the aggressive condition in 2013, but after treatment, went into remission.
In September last year, Lisa and Anderson’s family filed a lawsuit claiming the star had been a victim of “elder abuse”, and was “preyed upon” by Geisness and his manager, Ahmos Hassan, who they claim made changes to the distribution of Anderson’s assets when he was ill.
According to them, the original trust saw the comedian’s siblings paid a higher rate than what the new one outlines, meantime Geisness and Hassan were paid more in the amended trust.
But Geisness revealed that “in 2016, Louie was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer. [Lisa] responded to this diagnosis the same way she had responded to news of Louie’s bypass surgery and lymphoma diagnoses: she didn’t do anything.”
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The claims come as Lisa petitions to receive more from her brother’s fortune, claiming in her suit that his associates forced the comedian to amend his trust on his deathbed.
Now, Geisness argues Lisa has tried to portray herself “as a devoted sister who cares only for her brother’s well-being”, but has only ever cared about her brother when it “directly benefitted her”.
He cites the instances of Lisa’s lack of support for Anderson over the years as evidence of her ”neglect” toward him.
Per court documents, Geisness argued that Lisa “does not claim that she provided Louie with care or support while he struggled with [his health] challenges because, in fact, she did not.”
Meantime Geisness explained his and Anderson’s 30-year friendship, and insisted the amended trust was what the late comedian wanted.
The friend also claimed that on the night Anderson died, while he was grieving, Lisa went out gambling.