DEVASTATED Lisa Marie Presley faces a double blow as she is due in court to battle her ex husband over custody of their twin daughters – after her son was found dead from an apparent suicide, The Sun can reveal.
Lisa, 52 is due to face ex husband, guitarist Michael Lockwood, 59, who she shares twin girls Finley and Harper, 11, with, in a month-long trial at court in Los Angeles court in just two weeks, court documents show.
It comes after her beloved son Benjamin Keough was found dead at the family home in Calabasas on Sunday morning, with apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds, according to cops.
Lisa Marie's bitter and long-running custody battle, which began when she filed for divorce back in 2016, is set to be heard three days a week from July 27 to August 31, according to the court papers obtained by The Sun.
In a filing from June 30, lawyers for the star argued that the trial should not delayed because Lisa Marie has “diligently prepared for” it whereas Michael, they allege “has done nothing.”
Michael hit back last week demanding in documents that Lisa pays his legal fees, which he says total $180,000, because he claims she earns $1million a year while he barely makes ends meet.
Lisa Marie's attorney Gary Fishbein, said in his June 30th filing that Michael already owes Elvis’s only child $150,000 in fees – spent in part on collecting testimony from expert witnesses ahead of the forthcoming trial.
Michael, in his own legal docs, hit back: "Trial is imminent and I have no counsel and no experience in this arena.
"Upon information and belief, Petitioner [Lisa] has an annual income of well over one million dollars, while I currently have virtually no income whatsoever."
He added: “I have some meager royalty payments from time to time but they do not even total one tenth or one twentieth of petitioner's income."
Michael insists he has been subject to “hyper-aggressive litigation” from his estranged wife’s legal team and also “hearings spurred by baseless salacious allegations”.
In 2017 it was alleged in court docs that inappropriate images of youngsters were found on his electronic devices.
Lisa Marie said in court docs at the time that the allegations left her “shocked and horrified and sick to my stomach.”
Police seized some of Michael’s equipment – but no charges were ever brought.
His lawyers at the time said the claims were “a one-sided, inaccurate version of the facts” and Michael “denies the truth of what Ms. Presley chose to put in the press.”
Michael also says he has to borrow from his elderly mother, Vivian, 77, who he lives with, along with his fiancé, Stephanie Hobgood, 43, to make ends meet, according to court papers.
The Sun reached out to Lisa Marie and Michael for comment, but had not heard back at the time of publication.
It is unclear following Benjamin’s death if the custody trial will now go ahead.
The 27-year-old is believed to have took his own life at his mother's Calabasas mansion – but neither Lisa Marie, his twin sisters or older sister Riley Keough, 31, were home at the time.
Police told The Sun in a statement: "Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives are continuing their death investigation of a male White adult in his 20s…
"Detectives have learned that deputies assigned to Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station responded to the location regarding a 'rescue response' call.
"Upon their arrival, they located the victim suffering from one gunshot wound to the upper torso.
"The victim was pronounced dead at the scene."
A rep for Lisa, Roger Widynowski, said in a statement that Lisa Marie is "completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated, adding, "She adored that boy. He was the love of her life."
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