A producer who worked for ‘Larry King Live’ for more than 1,300 episodes has claimed he saw Larry King’s wife, Shawn King, abuse and isolate him, and trap him in the back of their $17 million Beverly Hills mansion. .
Greg Christensen claims that Shawn, who is currently suing him and others alleging they conned her out of millions from her husband’s estate, had isolated the late television icon from his family before his death.
According to court documents, King at one point asked the producer to help him move out of his home to escape his wife’s control.
“At the direction of Larry King, Christensen paid for a hotel room for Larry King to escape from Shawn King and then Christensen located an apartment and purchased furniture for the apartment with his own money,” the producer’s attorneys said.
“This allowed Larry King to escape Shawn King’s abuse and was essential for Larry King to be able to file for divorce.”
The couple separated in 2019 and King filed for divorce from Shawn, 63, after 22 years of marriage. They were separated, but not yet divorced, when he died of sepsis at age 87 in January 2021.
Greg Christensen (left) was a longtime producer of ‘Larry King Live’ and worked with Larry King (right) for more than 1,300 episodes of his show.
Greg Christensen claims Shawn King (right) isolated the late television icon from his family, mistreated and abused him, and confined him to areas of his home.
King left a handwritten will, advising an equal division of his $2 million fortune among his five children. It was supposedly written two months after he filed for divorce from Shawn, his seventh wife, who was completely left out of the story. He later reached a confidential agreement and challenged the will.
But Shawn is currently suing Christensen, Larry King Jr. and Blouin & Co. in Los Angeles for $100 million for professional negligence and fraud claims.
She claims that Blouin & Co. worked with King Jr. to illegally transfer millions to individuals and entities without his permission.
Shawn says he thinks Blouin was running secret bank accounts for King Jr.
Christensen is one of several people named in the lawsuit, along with Becky Radant, a former aide to King.
Shawn alleges that Radant helped keep financial information out of his hands.
Radant reportedly received $50,000 for his help, while the longtime producer received $40,000.
Shawn alleges that King’s associates used the money to purchase designer clothing, jewelry and furniture.
In response to being named in the lawsuit, Christensen’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss him as a defendant under the state’s Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) laws.
Shawn King opened the doors to the couple’s $17 million home before the house even went on the market.
The stunning 9,696-square-foot mansion on stunning North Hillcrest Road is in the heart of Beverly Hills’ famed 90210 ZIP code and features six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a fitness center, and pool.
The mansion has a double staircase in the foyer, which has marble floors and a grand double staircase, as well as a huge crystal chandelier. At the time the Kings lived in the house, a table displayed their family photos.
According to the ACLU of OhioSLAPP lawsuits are ‘a civil lawsuit or counterclaim brought against persons or organizations that speak out on matters of public interest or concern’.
In their response to Shawn’s lawsuit, Christensen’s lawyers claimed that the payments were from Larry King himself and that they should reimburse Christensen for the money he had spent to help get the TV host out of his predicament.
Christensen filed an affidavit stating that she saw Shawn mistreat her husband in many ways after he returned to his $17 million Beverly Hills mansion after being treated at the hospital for a stroke.
“Shawn King forbade Larry King from living or sleeping in the main house and forced him to live and sleep only in the back house, which was located behind the house Larry King had purchased,” says Christensen.
“Shawn King also deprived Larry King of his wallet and sometimes his phone for long periods of time, keeping him trapped in the secret annex,” it continues.
Christensen said Shawn had also limited her husband’s resources.
The producer alleges that due to his confinement, King would often have to walk without certain care or wait to be brought in in the future because.
He directly states that the wife also avoided people and limited his visits after his hospital stay, even after he asked for friends.
Larry King is pictured with his sons: Cannon Edward King, Chance Armstrong Kind and Larry King Jr. Shawn is currently Larry King Jr., along with Chritensen and Blouin & Co. in Los Angeles for $100 million. She claims that Blouin & Co. worked with King Jr. to illegally transfer millions to individuals and entities without her permission.
Larry King is pictured with two of his children during Thanksgiving 2020
Larry King allegedly told Christensen that he had been asking her to come visit him, according to the producer.
‘Shawn King made false statements to me, such as telling me that for medical reasons, Larry King was not allowed to have visitors, (but) that same day I spoke to the caretakers in the Annexe, who informed me that Larry King was feeling fine. and that the visitors would really help his recovery,’ said Christensen.
“I also watched Larry King that same day and saw with my own eyes that Larry King was fine and able to have visitors,” he said.
The ‘Larry King Live’ producer also claims he had conversations with other people who had the ‘same experience’ he had.
Christensen alleges that, in addition to the mistreatment and abuse, Shawn used the home’s intercom and surveillance system to monitor King at all times and listen in on conversations with visitors.
A hearing has been set for May 30 to address Christensen’s anti-SLAPP motion.