Sherman Hemsley is finally laid to rest but a battle over who is entitled to his residuals continues.
The Hollywood Reporter reports:
“A controversy has been raging for eight years and counting between two individuals, William Little and David Pullman, who bought Hemsley’s residual income when the actor suffered financial difficulties in the latter part of his life and needed to pay debts. In 2005, the two entered into an agreement with each other whereby Pullman paid $42,500 to Little and each would have 50 percent of Hemsley’s residuals.
Soon after, Little sued Pullman, alleging first that the agreement was illegal and seeking its rescission and later that the agreement was fine but the joint venture needed dissolution. In the time since, the two men have danced in and out of court. On the sidelines is the Screen Actors Guild, which holds onto residual money instead of disbursing it when there exists a dispute over ownership.