Disgraced South Carolina legal scion Alex Murdaugh confronted additional authorized drama on Wednesday — getting sued over an enormous insurance payout tied to the mysterious death of his longtime housekeeper.
Gloria Satterfield, 57, died in February 2018 after “a trip and fall accident” within the house of the Murdaughs, the place she had labored for greater than 20 years and was handled like “part of the Murdaugh family,” a lawsuit stated.
More than 3 1/2 years later, “the exact details of the fall remain unclear,” even to the housekeeper’s sons and heirs, the Hampton County lawsuit in search of unspecified damages stated.
Murdaugh — who on Monday admitted to a bizarre plot to get shot dead to acquire a $10 million payout for his surviving son — instructed Satterfield’s household “he was going to take care” of her sons and sue himself to acquire on private legal responsibility insurance he had with Lloyds of London, court docket information present.
As a part of the declare, “Alex Murdaugh admitted that he was at fault” over Satterfield’s death and “told his insurer that there was no defense to the claim and that the claim must be paid,” the lawsuit pressured.
Murdaugh reached a settlement in Dec. 2018 to pay $500,000 legal responsibility and $5,000 medical prices to Satterfield’s sons, Brian Harriott and Tony Satterfield, court docket paperwork from the time present.
“To date, Tony and Brian have not received any monies from any claims or settlements with Murdaugh and his insurance carriers following their mother’s death – Not one dime,” their lawyer, Eric Bland, claimed in Wednesday’s lawsuit.
“The plaintiffs are victims. The plaintiffs are susceptible. The plaintiffs are scared.
“By this action, the plaintiffs seek real answers surrounding the death of their mother and the disposition of the monies supposedly paid for their benefit,” the lawsuit stated.
As properly as Murdaugh, the lawsuits names Corey Fleming, who was personally launched to them by their late mother’s boss to be their lawyer within the case, the paperwork say.
“Unbeknownst to Tony and Brian, Fleming was a former college roommate of Alex Murdaugh and was his best friend,” the paperwork state.
He was additionally godfather to Murdaugh’s 22-year-old son Paul, who was found shot dead in June alongside his mother, Alex Murdaugh’s spouse Maggie.
Paul Murdaugh was additionally embroiled in a mysterious death, and was to face trial over the drunken boating-crash death of 19-year-old Mallory Beach when he was murdered.
The lawsuit additionally names Chad Westendorf, who Fleming made the Satterfields’ private consultant in negotiations with out the heirs’ information, the papers say.
The two sons “first learned that money had been recovered from the death of their mother when it was reported in the press,” the lawsuit stated.
Murdaugh pal Fleming and his agency “were paid attorney fees of $166,000” for repping the household — whereas “the children of Gloria Satterfield have not received the first dollar,” the lawsuit stated.
“Gloria was told she was part of the Murdaugh family, and she believed it to be true,” the submitting stated.
The newest lawsuit got here on the identical day that Murdaugh’s lawyer admitted that he anticipated the disgraced scion to be charged over the weird plot to be killed to acquire $10 million for his surviving son, Buster.
His lawyer, Dick Harpootlian, also told NBC’s “Today” present that Murdaugh “had converted some client and law-firm money to his own use and spent most of that on opioids.” Murdaugh was booted from his household regulation agency and likewise entered rehab for habit.
The assisted suicide insurance rip-off and lacking cash are each being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), which can also be nonetheless probing June’s double slaying of Murdaugh’s spouse and son.
The disgraced lawyer had been the one to discover their our bodies — however Harpootlian insisted during his NBC interview, “He did not murder them.”