Vanessa Amorosi takes her mother to court, claiming hundreds of thousands of dollars have disappeared
Vanessa Amorosi takes her own mother to court with claims that hundreds of thousands of dollars have been missing since her mother took control of her finances when she was 17
Acclaimed singer Vanessa Amorosi is suing her own mother for claims of ‘missing’ music income worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in her career.
Amorosi, 39, has taken legal action against Joyleen Robinson in the Victorian Supreme Court.
She is seeking proceeds from previous royalties, travel income and investments that she claims are missing, according to a claim filed by Amorosi’s attorneys and obtained by The age.
She also claims that her mother – from whom she is estranged – took control of her finances in September 1999, when she was 17, according to a claim filed by her attorneys.
Court documents show that Robinson later founded a company called ‘Vanjoy’, where Amorosi and her mother owned half the shares.
Vanessa Amorosi has built an impressive music career all over the world since 1999
Subsequent earnings from Amorosi were paid to Vanjoy, with financial transactions controlled by Mrs. Robinson.
In November 1999, Amorosi released the hit Absolutely Everybody, which catapulted her to instant music stardom.
She performed at the Sydney 2000 Olympics before touring abroad and Australia.
Over the next few years, Amorosi claims she asked her mother to protect her money, with Robinson supposedly setting up even more financial trust accounts.
In a key example outlined in the lawsuit, the companies controlled by Ms. Robinson allegedly awarded Amorosi an income of $ 862,512 in 2000 and 2001.
The singer, now 39, used 390,000 at the time to buy a property in Narre Warren, southeast Melbourne.
According to court documents, the rest of the money is not accounted for.
Amorosi wants to become the sole trustee of the multiple trusts set up by Robinson in addition to fair compensation for money paid to others during her career, which has spanned more than two decades.
The singer settles in Los Angeles and would not have spoken to her mother for a while.
She also has the name ‘Joyleen’ tattooed on her shoulder.
In November 1999, Vanessa Amorosi released the hit Absolutely Everybody, which catapulted her to instant music stardom.