Jury Rules Hutchence Relatives Not Defamed

Mother, half-sister of Michael Hutchence sued newspapers over articles about INXS singer's will.

A jury in Australia decided that the mother and half-sister of the late INXS singer Michael Hutchence were not defamed by newspaper articles that said his will was designed to protect his daughter from "clutching, greedy relatives," the Australian Associated Press reported. Hutchence's mother, Patricia Glassop, and half-sister, Christina Hutchence, sued the publishers of the Sun-Herald and Sunday Age newspapers for defamation. They claimed the articles, published March 1, 1998, suggested that, because of their greed, Hutchence adjusted his will to protect the inheritance of his daughter, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily. The articles added that Hutchence's father, Kell, was named as a beneficiary in the will, but the mother and half-sister "appear to have been shut out of any major inheritance." Hutchence committed suicide in a suite at Sydney, Australia's Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Nov. 22, 1997.