Visions of America/UIG via Getty ImagesA financial dispute has broken out among the children of late pop singer Bobby Vee.
According to the St. Cloud Times, Robby Velline and Jennifer Whittet Velline have filed a petition in Stearns County, Minnesota accusing their siblings, Jeff and Tommy Velline, of diverting money from their father’s estate for personal use. Specifically, they claim Jeff and Tommy used the money to fund Rockhouse Productions, a recording studio established by Vee and his late wife, Karen, in the 1980s and now run by their two sons.
The petition asks a Stearns County judge to force Jeff and Tommy to provide an accounting of Vee’s estate, including revenues generated by the play Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story, a production whose creation caused tension within the family. The petition also accuses Jeff and Tommy of misappropriating numerous pieces of memorabilia, including guitars, posters, photographs and gold records, belonging to a trust created by Bobby and Karen prior to their deaths. Robby and Jennifer are asking that Jeff and Tommy also be removed as trustees of the family estate.
Tommy and Jeff have denied any wrongdoing and filed a counter petition claiming some of their estate-related actions had the approval of their parents.
Born Robert Thomas Velline in 1945, Bobby Vee had 38 songs that made the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1959 and 1970, including “Suzie Baby,” “Devil or Angel” and “Take Good Care of My Baby.” He died last October at age 73.
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