Two friends of Amy Winehouse have been accused of making more than £730,000 by passing off some of the late singer’s belongings and selling them at auction.
By putting the items up for sale “in their own names and on their own behalf,” the papers said, the women “converted” the late artist’s estate “to their own use.”
The case, which was brought by the star’s father Mitch Winehouse, who is the administrator of his daughter’s estate, is seeking £534,192.90 in damages from Ms Parry and £198,041.07 from Ms Gourlay.
A statement, first issued by a spokesman for the Amy Winehouse Estate last month, said: “In 2021, Amy’s estate auctioned off items from her life and career, with 30% of the proceeds going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
“Two people sold a number of items at that auction and have kept the proceeds: the items were all Amy-related.
“This year they have auctioned several Amy-related items, and combined the two auctions have generated six-figure sums for each.
“The estate has questioned how these items came into their possession and has not received satisfactory answers.
“The estate has therefore initiated a legal process to clarify the situation. The Amy Winehouse Foundation will directly benefit if money is recovered from one of the defendants.”
Mrs Winehouse died in 2011 aged 27.
After two inquests, her cause of death was revealed to be accidental in the form of alcohol poisoning.
Her 2006 album Back To Black made her an international star and won five Grammys, including record of the year and song of the year for Rehab.