A 'former stripper' has inherited a six-figure sum from a TV exec, despite efforts from his family to block the process.
Veronica Beckham, 34, met Micky Liu, an executive at TV network HBO, at a lap dancing club in Atlantic City in 2014, reports the Independent.
Liu, who was morbidly obese and diabetic, was found dead in his New York City apartment less than 12 months later.
His will stipulated that Beckham was the beneficiary of his life insurance policy and his retirement savings, which were worth $223,000.
The Independent reports that the Liu family attempted to contest the will, but were rejected by the courts.
"Beckham, as a professional exotic dancer, was adept at applying and using coercion and manipulation upon men," said Mary Liu, Micky Liu's sister, in a document that was submitted to the Manhattan Surrogate Court.
She alleged that Beckham 'preyed upon Micky Liu's vulnerability by exerting influence over him in the form of moral coercion'.
When they met, Beckham was reportedly working as a stripper at Scores Strip Club in Atlantic City.
Liu, whom she said was drinking 'sparkling water', kept in touch with Beckham after their initial meeting, even though she left New Jersey and moved to Florida to care for her ill mother.
He also let her sleep at his Manhattan apartment after she left her home in New Jersey.
Liu reportedly sent an email to Beckham in October 2014 which read: "Sweet veronica, there's nothing in me that would ever say or do anything to intentionally hurt you.
"I love and care for you dearly. I wish you knew."
He made her the beneficiary of his accounts in January, the same month that he wrote an email that read: "I do worry about you, and I miss you.
"Why is it taking you so long to get your phone replaced? Money? Need some? I'm not used to not being able to contact you."
Beckham denies that they had any type of sexual relationship, telling the court that they shared an 'everlasting friendship'.
The Judge presiding over the matter, Justice Rita Mella, rejected the family's arguments because only previous beneficiaries - in this case, Liu's ex-girlfriend - are able to contest the money.
"None of the stuff about me enticing him into naming me as a beneficiary is true. I was very hurt by the lurid and untrue allegations," Beckham, who is no longer a stripper and works as a celebrity stylist in Florida, told the NY Post.
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