Morgan Freeman is engaged in a legal battle on behalf of his late step-granddaughter E'Dena Hines, who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend back in August. The veteran actor is trying to protect the 33-year-old's estate from her deadbeat dad, reports the New York Post.
According to court documents, the majority of Hines' $791,000 fortune was wrapped up in her New York City apartment that Freeman gave her "with the intention that it ultimately pass to her lineal descendants, or if none then to her mother." The property is worth $781,000 and is to be inherited by Hines' parents since she never married or had kids (as stated by New York law).
Hines, who was the granddaughter of Freeman's first wife, barely knew her father Edward Lee Hines. Her parents divorced when she was 3 years old and Freeman argues that he never contributed to expenses related to food, clothing or education.
"In fact, from the time that E'Dena was approximately three and a half years old and until the Thanksgiving before her death, E'Dena met with Edward Lee Hines only one or two times," the documents stated. "At no point during that time period were any efforts made by Edward Lee Hines to resume a relationship with E’Dena. [...] Throughout E’Dena’s entire lifetime, my daughter Deena Adair and I were the primary sources of support for E’Dena financially, emotionally, mentally and physically."
Freeman is also trying to protect a trust fund he set up in Hines' name. Edward has yet to file any objections to the case.
Lamar Davenport, the man accused of killing Hines, pleaded not guilty in the stabbing death. He is due back in court on Dec. 15.