john goodman dui nbc Millionaire who adopted girlfriend faces legal challenges from real childrenThe children of John Goodman, the multi-millionaire who adopted his girlfriend Heather Hutchins in Oct. 2011, have asked a Florida court to rule it invalid. They believe that the whole procedure is simply a way to help him control a large portion of a trust fund estimated at $100 million while passing millions to Hutchins.

“[Hutchins] stands to gain a minimum of $250,000 a year for as long as she lives, plus she could realize as much as $5 million a year in distributions from the trust,” attorney Joseph Rebak tells ABC.

Goodman, the owner of a Florida polo club, is facing D.U.I. manslaughter charges in the 2010 death of 23-year-old Scott Wilson. It was then that Goodman, while driving his Bentley, allegedly ran a stop sign and hit Wilson’s Hyundai. Smith drowned in a nearby canal and Goodman allegedly fled the scene.

In addition to the objections from his children, Goodman also is facing complaints about the adoption from the parents of Scott Wilson. Lili and William Wilson have filed a civil suit seeking up to $100 million for the wrongful death of their son.

Their attorney Scott Smith tells ABC, “By way of this adoption John Goodman effectively owns or has direct control of one-third of the trust assets. It cannot go unrecognized that he has adopted his 42-year-old adult girlfriend as opposed to a child in need.”

Goodman’s civil trial is set to begin March 27 and his criminal trial is slated for March 6. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. 

Posted by:David Eckstein