Perelman scion grilled over greed in inheritance fight

Revlon billionaire Ron Perelman’s daughter, Samantha, was set to inherit at minimum $20 million from her mother’s household — such as a thirty.5-carat ring, Manhattan co-op and New Jersey manse.
She’s also in line to web a fortune from late mom Claudia ­Cohen’s $seventy eight million estate — not to mention her father’s multibillion-greenback empire.
But even which is not great sufficient to satisfy the 23-yr-previous, her uncle’s law firm charged in a Hackensack, NJ, courtroom Tuesday.
“You didn’t say ‘I want to inherit $one hundred million to $50 million’?” demanded attorney Benjamin Clarke, who is defending James Cohen from Samantha Perelman’s assert that he coerced his ailing father into cutting her out of his $600 million Hudson Information fortune.
He was referring to a 2007 assembly among Perelman and her grandfather Robert Cohen, James and Claudia’s dad.
“I would not characterize it as this kind of,’’ Samantha replied to the cross-examination on her 2nd working day of testimony.
“You did not say ‘[I] want a 50 percent or a third of your business’ to your grandfather?’’ Clarke requested.
Perelman denied it again.
Portray Perelman as a greedy, ungrateful abundant child, Clarke said Samantha coldly submitted go well with in opposition to her uncle 15 times soon after his dad, Robert Cohen, died at age 86.
Samantha tried to get her grandfather declared legally ­incompetent after he altered his will, but her bid failed.
At 1 position, Clarke suggested that the Ivy League grad scholar was pushing for one thing that wasn’t hers — and that she barely essential any a lot more income, in any case.
“You recognize that your grandfather had the proper to handle you as an person, not as a substitution for your mother?’’ he stated.
“He experienced consistently taken care of me and my mother the identical,” Perelman answered.
“On the topic of your grandfather’s intentions towards you, do you contend that your grandfather did not know that you are the daughter of 1 of the wealthiest males in the entire world?’’ Clarke asked.
She replied, “I really don’t know how that has anything at all to do with it.”
The defense also tried to hammer property the notion that Ron Perelman was pulling all the strings in the lawsuit.
Clarke observed that Claudia ­Cohen’s 2004 will would have provided her daughter $5 million at age 25 and then half of her remaining $seventy three million fortune at age forty.

But in 2007, as she lay dying of most cancers at Sloan-Kettering, Cohen changed her will to make her ex, Ron, executor with sole control in excess of the purse strings.
Clarke hinted that Samantha would do his bidding as long as he controlled the income.
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Samantha grew testy, expressing her dad “was [her mom’s] ideal good friend.”
“You can not use Ronald Perelman as a pawn,’’ she seethed. “It was for Claudia Cohen. He was working as an executor [when her will was transformed in 2007]. He’s not this poor guy that we’re all trying to conquer up.’’