Susan Williams wants to raise awareness about Dementia Lewy Bodies (DLB), a brain disease that claimed the life of Robin Williams. In Susan’s second interview with Amy Robach on “Good Morning America,” she talked abut the court battle she had with her step-children, Zachary, Zelda, and Cody. Although Robin’s death was traumatic for Susan, it was intensified two and a half weeks later when she was forced into a legal battle over Robin’s possessions.
The trustees entered the house when she was not home and started taking things away. Susan said they wanted to take everything from the home and then she could come and claim things that were hers if she could prove it. They even wanted to take her wedding gifts because according to the terms stipulated in Robin’s will, it fell under the memorabilia category. Susan told Amy, that she was “forced into” the court hearing. “I’ll never forget being on the phone with one of the trustees and saying, ‘Are you kidding me? I’m not going to be able to keep our wedding gifts?'”
Susan wondered where it would all end because they termed everything as memorabilia. She asked the trustees if they wanted her as well because she was Robin’s wife and he touched her? They even wanted to take Robin’s slippers. She said she “had to fight” just to keep them. According to Susan, the trustees were “stonewalling me, and I was forced to go to the courts. Did I want to? No. But you know what, I was going to stand up for what Robin wanted, and I was going to stand up for me and my sons, so I was forced to do that and then all kinds of ugly things started happening.”
In October, the case was settled out of court with each side getting part of what they wanted. Meredith Bushnell, the attorney for Robin’s kids, released this statement to The Associated Press, “I think they’re just very happy to have this behind them.” Susan can remain in the home, as Robin wanted until she passes away and her bills with the home would always be taken care of. Susan said she learned from Robin not to be afraid and to treat others the same way you want to be treated.
Susan’s step-children may have gotten material possessions, but some things they will never, ever have. “Every inch of this house. It’s us, it’s him, this is it. And all that came out of that finally, after the long battle which was apparently necessary but didn’t have to be, was my husband’s wishes were heard. The judge heard it, and we get to live here until I die, and this will be split amongst the five children, and I get to be with Robin.”