Robin Williams Wasn’t Broke: Lawyer Speaks Out
Following reports making the rounds that late comedian and actor, Robin Williams was broke as a result of two costly divorces, his lawyer says report isn’t true, Times Live says.
According to his lawyer, the divorces was a factor in the depression that led him to take his own life this week.
“No, no, he was doing fine,” Charles J Biederman, a Los Angeles lawyer who represented Williams, told the New York Times.
Other members of Williams’s circle also said money problems were not an easy explanation for what happened.
“He didn’t have crazy money like before his divorces, but the coffers were still full,” said a person who worked with him.
This runs counter to reports quoting other friends of the 63-year-old who said he’d tried to sell a ranch in California to raise funds. The ranch, listed in 2012 for $35-million, is still for sale.
“Divorce is expensive,” the actor said. “It’s like ripping your heart out through your wallet.”
While Williams’s third wife, Susan Schneider, is expected to inherit from his estate, entertainment website TMZ reported that Williams had set up a trust for his three children – Cody, 22, Zelda, 25, and Zachary, 31 – who have been receiving money from it in instalments.
In the weeks before his death, Williams had sought treatment for depression, it has emerged.
This might have been triggered in part by the cancellation of his latest television show The Crazy Ones in May after just one series.
“Robin slipped into a deep depression,” a source said. “He felt embarrassed and humiliated that the show had been a failure.”
At the time of his death, he had committed to starring in sequels to the successful Mrs Doubtfire and Night in the Museum, as well as filming the comedy Merry Friggin’ Christmas and the drama Boulevard.