New York, Jan 24: Sylvester Stallone reached a confidential multimillion-dollar settlement with his half-sister Toni-Ann Filiti over allegations that the actor abused her for years, it has been claimed.
Sources close to the 'Rocky' star insist that the settlement was the result of a "shakedown" and that Stallone was a victim of blackmail, the New York Post reported.
Papers obtained show that Stallone agreed 16 years ago to give his half-sister 2 million dollars plus 16,666.66 dollars per month for her lifetime, plus a trust with 50,000 dollars per year for psychiatric and medical expenses.
According to the papers, Filiti "asserted claims for personal injury, including physical injury" against Stallone, who "vigorously denied and continues to deny and dispute all claims of wrongdoing."
Sources said that Filiti threatened a lawsuit, but he settled before it was ever filed. Filiti died in August last year from lung cancer at age 48.
Jacqueline Stallone, mother of Sly and Toni-Ann, said that the settlement was the result of blackmail by Filiti, whom she described as a pillpopping drug addict desperate for cash.
"This was nothing more than a shakedown. Toni-Ann was on 65 Oxycontin pills a day, and she threatened Sylvester. A drug addict will do anything," she said.
When Sylvester became famous, she didn't have to hook. He was trying to help her, he caved in, she said. (ANI)