Sylvester Stallone’s tragic real-life story
Sylvester Stallone had a contentious relationship with his half-sister, Toni Ann Filiti, for decades. Page Six reported that “at the height of [Stallone]’s fame,” the actor, producer, and screenwriter “reached a confidential multi-million dollar settlement” with Filiti that sources described as a “shakedown.” In 1987, Stallone reportedly agreed to give Filiti $16,666.66 monthly for the duration of her life, plus a lump payment of $2 million and “a trust of $50,000 per year for medical and psychiatric expenses.” Filiti accused Stallone of “personal injury, including physical injury,” which he “vigorously” denied.
Stallone’s mother, Jackie, told the tab, “This was nothing more than a shakedown. Toni-Ann was on 65 Oxycontin pills a day, and she threatened Sylvester. A drug addict will do anything. When Sylvester became famous, she didn’t have to hook. He was trying to help her. He caved in.” She added, “There were too many conflicting stories … At the time he was very hot, and his lawyers said, ‘Give her something just to shut her up.'” Filiti died in August 2012 at just 48 years old after a battle with lung cancer, Radar Online reported. Her death came just a month after Stallone’s son, Sage, passed away.