Family members of 95-year-old Hollywood legend Zsa Zsa Gabor are in a battle over her care, CNN reports, with her daughter going to court to try to get a conservator appointed to handle Gabor’s finances and medical care.
Gabor’s daughter, Francesca Hilton, is concerned that Gabor’s husband is not acting in the best interests of the former actress. Gabor is confined to a bed after a broken hip and a leg amputation in the past two years.
Said Kenneth Kossoff, a lawyer for Hilton: "What Ms. Hilton is seeking here is for the court to make sure that Zsa Zsa’s best interests are not being sacrificed for the selfish interests of anyone involved in Zsa Zsa’s life.”
Kossoff said he would file a petition today in Los Angeles contending that Prince Frederic von Anhalt, Gabor’s ninth husband, is keeping Gabor "increasingly isolated" and "heavily sedated,” the story reports.
The report notes: “The filing questions von Anhalt’s handling of Gabor’s finances, saying he recently borrowed against on Gabor’s $10 million Bel Air mansion, but the house is in foreclosure after several missed mortgage payments.”
Kossoff added: "In spite of her conflicts with von Anhalt, Francesca has been hoping he had Zsa Zsa’s interests at heart. However, having just recently learned that he took out a $700,000 loan, and that there was a notice of default recorded against the property in late February 2012 because he apparently has not been paying Zsa Zsa’s mortgage payment, it became clear to Francesca that if she did not seek to protect her mother, no one else would."
Hilton also accuses von Anhalt of denying access to Gabor. In the court filing, she says: "My mother’s husband has increasingly isolated my mother from others who have been close to her. Before she broke her hip, my mother and I spoke several times every day. Since she broke her hip, her husband has removed the telephone that used to be by her bed."
Hilton adds in the petition: "I also believe that my mother now may suffer from a loss of intellectual and emotional faculties, which may be induced by the medication my mother is being given."
Von Anhalt has defended his treatment of Gabor, saying: "I’m going to make sure she has a good life, as long as I live, I will take care of her."