Hopper trust lodges petition to throw widow out of house

A petition has been filed to order the late Dennis Hopper's widow out of her home.

A petition has been filed to order the late Dennis Hopper's widow out of her home.

The Hopper trust - which includes the 'Easy Rider' star's eldest daughter Marin - has submitted documents to Los Angeles County Superior Court to recover possession of the star's $6m compound in Venice, California, claiming Victoria Duffy is "wrongfully possessing and withholding control" of the estate.

According to the papers, Victoria - who Dennis was in the process of divorcing when he passed away from prostate cancer in May - has been offered a different home in Brentwood, which she co-owns with the trust, but refused to move.

The administrators say they need to sell the property to pay off the 74-year-old actor's debts, reports gossip website TMZ.

Dennis - who was married five times during his lifetime - and his wife of 14 years Victoria were embroiled in a bitter divorce battle as he fought the illness.

During the legal dispute, Victoria - who had a seven-year-old daughter, Galen, with the actor - alleged Dennis' three children from previous marriages had turned him against her and wanted her to be cut from his will.

In April, a court gave permission for Victoria to stay in the Venice compound until details of the couple's divorce was finalised.

The actor was also ordered to pay her $8,000 a month in spousal support and $4,000 in child support for Galen.

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