Country singer Wynonna Judd has reportedly sued her former stepfather asking that he payback more than $200,000 for an unpaid mortgage on property he borrowed from her back in 1994.
According to the lawsuit:
“Michael Ciminella, a Louisville, Ky. man who raised Judd as his daughter, acquired property on Belgravia Court, near the intersection of W. Hill St. and S. 3rd St. in Louisville, in July of 1994”
To obtain the property, Judd’s ‘dad’ gave her a mortgage and promissory note, agreeing to pay her $200,000 for the loan.”
Wynonna claims that after going unpaid for years, the loan has now swelled to $242,317 with interest and late fees — so she’s asking a judge to let her foreclose on Ciminella’s house in order to get her money.
TMZ clarifies Wynonna relationship to Ciminella as follows:
Ciminella is the ex-husband of Wynonna Judd’s mother, the country singer Naomi Judd, and father of actress Ashley Judd. Ciminella later adopted Wynonna Judd.
In response to Wynonna’s lawsuit, Jeffrey Thompson, Ciminella’s attorney, explained that the money was a gift, not a loan and Judd had never asked that he repay her until now.
“Now that she needs money, she is attempting to come and get it back,” Thompson told WDRB, speculating Judd filed suit in hopes to “compensate for her own diminishing career.”
“It’s a shame that a daughter feels like she has to sue and evict her own father,” he added.
TMZ points out that Wynonna Judd’s lawsuit against her former father is the latest sign of turmoil in the Judd family, as just last month, the singer married her drummer Cactus Moser at her Tennessee home and neither her famous sister Ashley nor mother Naomi showed up.