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Elizabeth Hurley, 56, has reportedly been inundated with messages of support from her famous friends after being left devastated that her son Damian Hurley, 19, has been cut out of his late father Steve Bing’s £200m family fortune. It comes after the model shared her heartbreak with those who are closest to her after Damian was disinherited by the family of his late father Steve Bing, who tragically took his own life last year at the age of 55.
Liz’s model pal Naomi Campbell and Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon are said to have sent their love to her and the family amid the sad news.
The former Gossip Girl actress’ ex Hugh Grant, who is Damian’s godfather, is also reportedly backing the mother-and-son duo, according to The Mirror.
A source said: “It is devastating what has happened to Damian but he and Liz have a lot of support.”
Express.co.uk has contacted representatives for Liz, Hugh, Naomi, and Tamara for comment.
Steve had become closer to Damian when he turned 18 after the pair’s relationship was more distant previously following his and Liz’s split.
Despite their bond getting stronger in the time before his death, Steve’s father, Peter Bing, had decided to keep Damian, and his 23-year-old half-sister Kira Bonder, out of their family inheritance.
Steve had won a legal battle against his father in court to put an end to his attempt to exclude his children from family trust funds.
However, Peter has now overturned the court’s ruling a year after Steve’s death.
Speaking out on the situation, Liz said: “Damian’s grandfather, Peter Bing, had attempted to have Stephen’s children, including Damian, disregarded as his grandchildren in the irrevocable trust he had previously set up.
“Stephen fought very hard in his last year to have his children recognised and repeatedly told me how incredibly important this was to him.
“He was happy beyond belief that the trial verdict ruled that Damian was to be treated like his sister’s children as far as the trust was concerned.”
Liz added to the Daily Mail: “I am just relieved that Stephen will never know that Damian’s relatives — Stephen’s father and the family of his sister Mary — were ultimately successful in their appeal against the original trial verdict.”
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The publication adds that Liz and Damian feel “betrayed” by the court’s ruling, saying: “It is a betrayal that has horrified and devastated Liz Hurley, not just that Damian has been deprived of a share that could have reached $250 million (around £180 million) but also that he has been effectively disowned by his father’s family.”
Liz goes on to brand the new ruling as “callous”, slamming Damian’s grandfather’s decision.
She said in a statement: “When Stephen took his own life, he died thinking his children were going to be taken care of.
“What Stephen wanted has now been callously reversed. I know Stephen would have been devastated.”
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Liz for further comment and a representative for the estate of Steve Bing for comment from Peter Bing.
Liz previously revealed she and her ex Hugh are still “extremely good friends” despite their split.
The former couple broke up in 2000 after dating for 13 years.
“I’m still extremely good friends with Hugh. You know, we went through so much together,” she said of her former flame and son Damian’s godfather on the People In The 90s podcast.
She added: “But I’ve been thinking, one of the most important things to keep good relations with your exes is to have a lot of respect for their current life.
“We haven’t been romantically involved for 20 years, I don’t think, even though we have such a strong friendship.
“But we’re always very aware that there are other people in our lives. There’s partners, there’s children.
“You can’t just, sort of live in a lovely, rosy mist of the past. You have to move with the times and be very respectful of the present, which we are.”
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