Allegations against Michael Lockwood, the estranged husband of Lisa Marie Presley, are being investigated by the Beverly Hills Police and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, with Lockwood accused of sexual misconduct, ABC News reports.
Presley is accusing Lockwood of child abuse and neglect as the couple wage a bitter divorce battle, People magazine reports.
The couple’s 8-year-old twin daughters, Finley and Harper, were in the custody of Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie’s mother, as part of an arrangement with the California Department of Children and Family Services, according to People.
ABC News notes that Lockwood has not been charged with a crime. In a statement, his attorney Jeff Sturman denied the allegations.
“Mr. Lockwood and his lawyers believe that it is very unfortunate and inappropriate that Ms. Presley chose to file a one-sided, inaccurate version of the facts in the Family Law Court’s publicly accessible files,” Sturman told ABC News in the statement. “Ms. Presley and her lawyers undoubtedly knew that their highly sensational, inaccurate and unproven claims would be of great interest to the media, which would disseminate Ms. Presley’s inaccurate story as a result.”
Lisa Marie Presley, 49, is the daughter of Elvis Presley and the ex-wife of pop icon Michael Jackson and actor Nicolas Cage.
People quotes legal papers filed by Presley that say Lockwood, who is seeking spousal support from Presley, “was discovered to have hundreds of inappropriate photos of children and is facing allegation of sexual abuse and neglect. While Respondent has yet to be convicted of crimes related to his possession of these photos, that he possessed them is documented evidence of conduct that has destroyed the mental or emotional calm of Petitioner [Presley]. … Accordingly, Respondent’s request for spousal support must be denied by reason of his conduct alone.”
Presley reportedly indicated she was “shocked and horrified and sick to my stomach” upon discovering the photos.