East Baton Rouge Council on Aging Executive Director Tasha Clark-Amar is the rightful, sole heir to Tom Benson’s multibillion-dollar estate, according to a will filed in 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge.
Clark-Amar’s claim comes after Benson’s widow, Gayle Benson, was revealed to be the sole beneficiary according to a will filed in New Orleans civil court one day after the owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans passed away.
Council on Aging board member and recently fired Southern University law professor Dorothy Jackson filed the subsequent will, which purports to express Benson’s final wishes.
“He wanted Tasha to have everything — both teams, all the car dealerships, and all the homes — because of how loyal a fan she was of the Saints and the Pelicans.”
“This will is the true last will and testament of Mr. Thomas Milton Benson,” Jackson explained to reporters gathered on the steps of the Baton Rouge City Court building. “He wanted Tasha to have everything — both teams, all the car dealerships, and all the homes — because of how loyal a fan she was of the Saints and the Pelicans.”
Jackson said she also filed a motion to invalidate the initial will filed in New Orleans court. When quizzed by reporters, she seemed confident the courts will agree that her friend and client Clark-Amar is the true heir of the Benson estate, reminding the media that Clark-Amar’s mother is 19th Judicial District Civil Court Judge Janice Clark.
“I have no doubt this will will prevail, especially if Judge Clark is assigned the case; either her or soon-to-be Civil Court Judge Trudy White,” Jackson said. “Nevertheless, I’m sure, no matter which judge gets this case, any one of them will see it our way. Especially if they want Saints and Pelicans season tickets.”
In anticipation of widespread criticism of Jackson’s court filings on her behalf, Clark-Amar also has filed a pre-emptive defamation lawsuit against the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, as well as their entire fan bases.