- Amy Winehouse’s father says his two friends owe him £730,000
- Naomi Perry and Catriona Gourlay kept the proceeds from a sale of their belongings
- They now face a legal battle in the High Court.
Amy Winehouse’s father has clashed with two of his late daughter’s friends, accusing them of pocketing £730,000 in profits from the sale of her belongings, including bras, underwear and make-up.
Mitch Winehouse, 73, says Naomi Perry and Catriona Gourlay kept the proceeds from the £3.3million sale of their belongings which took place in the US in 2021, following the legendary singer’s death ten years earlier .
Naomi and Catriona, who was rumored to be Amy’s lover before her death, said Amy “generously gifted” the items to them with Mitch’s “full knowledge and cooperation.”
But the Amy Winehouse Estate said it “has questioned how these items came into its possession and has had no satisfactory answers”, adding that it has launched the High Court’s attempt to “clarify the situation”.
Perry and Gourlay answered 156 questions about the items sold at the High Court in London, revealing the value of each item.
Mitch Winehouse, 73, (pictured, right) says Naomi Perry and Catriona Gourlay pocketed the proceeds from the £3.3million sale of Amy Winehouse’s belongings (pictured, main).
Mitch Winehouse sues his daughter’s friends for money
Naomi (right) and Catriona (left), who was rumored to be Amy’s lover before her death, said Amy “generously gifted” the items to them with Mitch’s “full knowledge and cooperation.”
The Sun reported that the items sold include the dress she wore in her last performance before her death in 2011.
The Sun reported that items sold include the dress she wore at her last performance before her death in 2011, which coroners determined was caused by alcohol.
Also sold at the auction were at least two bras worn by the Black to Black singer, as well as several makeup items she wore.
Former taxi driver Mitch said he wants the £730,000 taken by Perry and Gourlay to be paid to the foundation set up in the singer’s memory.
Perry and Gourlay said in an Instagram post that legal costs have drained much of the money they made from the sale, and said the £730,000 figure is “significantly exaggerated”.
They said Mitch agreed to let Perry and Gourlay undertake a project that included a book about Amy’s life, as well as a series of exhibitions, which attracted significant media attention.
They said: “At the end of the project, we decided to part with some items in our collection.”
It was after this sale, they said, that Mitch launched a “legal campaign” against the couple, which has had a “profound impact” on them “personally, professionally and financially.”
The legal dispute comes just days after the first trailer for the controversial Amy Winehouse biopic was released, ahead of its UK release in April.
Actress Marisa Abela plays the role of the late singer-songwriter with scenes depicting her tumultuous marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil (played by Jack O’Connell).
Blake, who was married to the singer between 2007 and 2009, previously admitted that he had introduced her to heroin use and many of her fans consider her partly responsible for her death from alcohol poisoning, when she was just 27, in 2011. .
In the trailer, Amy declares that she wants to be known for more than her singing and her desperation to be a mother, before sadly dying childless.
In an emotional scene, she describes Blake as “her life and her soul” before their on-again, off-again relationship inspires her to write the iconic song Back To Black.