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Elvis' Swedish 'daughter' sues Presley estate
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Elvis' Swedish 'daughter' sues Presley estate

Published: 01 Dec 2011 08:59 GMT+01:00
Updated: 01 Dec 2011 08:59 GMT+01:00

A Swedish woman who has long claimed that she is the rightful daughter of deceased US crooner Elvis Presley has sued the singer's estate for $130 million.

Lisa Johansen is claiming the money as compensation for alleged defamation and infliction of emotional distress, according to a report in Rolling Stone magazine.

Johansen, who was at the time living in a Stockholm suburb with her two children, claimed in a 1998 memoir entitled "I, Lisa Marie: The True Story of Elvis Presley's Real Daughter" that she was the daughter of the artist and Priscilla Presley.

Johansen claimed that she had been the victim of identity theft and the book caused a storm of interest, leading to the world's media hounding Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie, who was at the time married to Michael Jackson.

But interest cooled quickly after Johansen refused to take a DNA test, a decision which led to her being sued by her publisher for $50 million. Johansen now claims that she submitted to a test in London last year, according to documents submitted in her lawsuit.

In an interview with the Swedish Aftonbladet daily in 1999, Johansen claimed that she had arrived in Gothenburg as a nine-year-old and grew up in Upplands-Väsby, north of Stockholm.

Johansen argues in her writ, filed this week with Tennessee federal court, that Lisa Marie Presley stole her identity to prevent her from getting her inheritance after Elvis Presley, who died in 1977.

She has claimed that Priscilla Presley left her in Sweden in 1979 for "security reasons" and was due to stay in Sweden until she was 25-years-old, according to Aftonbladet.

After the initial interest around the publication of her book, the story fell out of the media spotlight, but Lisa Johansen has continued to maintain her version of events, claiming that she has been subjected to harassment by the Presley family.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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09:59 December 1, 2011 by philster61
Elin Woods, Anna Anka, And yet another addition to the list of Swedish gold diggers....
11:29 December 1, 2011 by StockholmSam
@philser61

You think Elin Woods was a golddigger? You do realize he pursued her and she bore him several kids, right? You also realize that she left him because of his indiscretions, right? You also realize that the law dictates that a spouse (Tiger) forfeits half of his/her assets to his/her partner (Elin) in the event of a divorce, right? How is she a golddigger again?

Anna Anka and this Elvis Presley chick, well, I agree with you 100%.
12:21 December 1, 2011 by robban70226
100% agreed:

just another addition to the list of Swedish gold diggers....
13:03 December 1, 2011 by eppie
Well she does look like him.....
13:32 December 1, 2011 by RobinHood
All this will be sorted out when Elvis is returned by the aliens that took him away from us for so long. Long live The King.
13:44 December 1, 2011 by jvtx3232
I agree 100% that Elin Nordegren was not a "gold-digger." She didn't even want to go out with Woods in the beginning, but I guess he was persistent. He ultimately ruined her life, and she probably curses the day she ever met him.

I would go out with Elin myself in a heartbeat due to the fact that she is so good looking. Except I'd be worried about diseases she might have from some of those skanks that Woods was having sex with behind her back.
15:50 December 1, 2011 by eppie
Seriously, I would believe she is the daughter of the King and Priscilla by just looking at this picture.

But a DNA test would clear this whole story up wouldn't it?
17:49 December 1, 2011 by ironman294
This is stupid and retarded. But who is more retarded? The Judge that allowed the lawsuit or the Book publishers?

I mean really so Priscilla Presley abandoned her real daughter for Lisa Marie?
18:10 December 1, 2011 by Steggles
Is this woman at least 34 years old?

Elvis died 1977.
19:36 December 1, 2011 by wxman
Anyone who has seen Lisa Marie cannot possibly miss the exact appearance of Elvis. She even has exactly the same eyes and curled lip. No one else is his daughter. Compared to Lisa Marie, this gal looks nothing like Presley.
20:11 December 1, 2011 by Michael Whitfield
There seems to be a striking resemblance to the King. DNA test results will either dispute or confirm this allegation.
21:01 December 1, 2011 by swedejane
Wow, what a very disturbed woman.
19:30 December 2, 2011 by tadchem
"The face is what one goes by, generally," Alice remarked in a thoughtful tone.

"That's just what I complain of," said Humpty Dumpty. "Your face is the same as everybody has—the two eyes, so, nose in the middle, mouth under. It's always the same. Now if you had the two eyes on the same side of the nose, for instance—or the mouth at the top—that would be some help."
20:47 December 2, 2011 by Thomas VH
@philser61 wrote:

"You also realize that the law dictates that a spouse (Tiger) forfeits half of his/her assets to his/her partner (Elin) in the event of a divorce, right?"

Actually, Florida law is quite different from that -- get your facts straight please before you post. If the marriage survived for less than 10 years, there is no alimony due at all. The estate to be split is subject to prenuptial agreements (which existed in this case) and the only assets that to be split are those that can be reasonably determined to have been earned during the period of the marriage itself -- including the split of her assets. Liabilities are also split.

Custody of the children in this case is joint and equal, though residency is not. Like many cases, she has greater residential time of the children and he has "visitation". As a result, based on a standard formula that is predefined, he must pay child support based on his INCOME, NOT ASSETS. Note that if she had the greater income, then she would likely pay a portion of child support as a percentage of after tax income to him, as adjusted for the residential time the children spend with each parents.
08:00 December 6, 2011 by philster61
Stockholm Sam

Let me ask you this.Would Elin Woods have preferred to walk away with nothing? To my knowledge the only case I can think of is Tina Turner walking away with nothing but her name.....Would Elin Woods have done the same? I think not.....
13:50 December 10, 2011 by pghbob555
She is definitely a poser. Believe me, those lawyers have nailed things down so tightly at Graceland this little piggy will never be able to cry "Wee Wee Wee" all the way home!
11:51 December 11, 2011 by Cage
Seriously, a DNA test can easily be done. Why did she submit to a test last year and not when the book was originally published? I would like to know more about her and her finances, because she does seem to be opportunistic.

On the other hand, why would a book publisher release a book on mere speculation? They must have had some foundation for authorizing the publication of the book.
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