Friday, May 31, 2013
Paul Pope, son of the founder of the National Enquirer, was arrested at a Florida motel for allegedly stalking his mother, Lois Pope. The two have a tumultuous past, frequently feuding over money issues in and out of court.
After the death of Generoso Pope, Paul Pope and his mother became the beneficiaries of the National Enquirer founder's multi-million dollar estate. After the sale of the tabloid, Lois Pope received $200 million dollars, while Paul received $20 million. Lois and Paul’s relationship became strained when he allegedly began to demand more money.
Prior to this incident, Lois Pope filed an order of protection against her son. She stated that he “‘maliciously and repeatedly harassed (her) with cruel behavior (that) is causing (her) to suffer substantial emotional distress and to genuinely fear for her safety.’”
See Tina Moore, National Enquirer Heirs Still Squabbling as Paul Pope is Arrested, New York Daily News, May 12, 2013.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.