As Viacom and CBS Corp. strategize about a not-so-distant future without Sumner Redstone, the companies can breathe a sigh of relief that the 91-year-old executive chairman has put one potentially embarrassing legal dispute behind him — one that threatened to make public private photographs of a sexual nature, according to sources.
On April 21, a lawsuit brought in 2013 by Redstone’s 44-year-old girlfriend Sydney Holland (pictured above with Redstone in 2013) against former MTV star Heather Naylor quietly was declared over in Los Angeles Superior Court. The dispute initially revolved around allegations that Naylor, who befriended Redstone and was tapped to star on the short-lived all-girl rock-band series The Electric Barbarellas on the Viacom-owned cable network, had conspired with staff at Redstone’s Beverly Park estate — including Carlos Martinez, Redstone’s longtime handler — to steal Holland’s laptop computer containing “private and confidential” photos and information from the house Holland shares with Redstone. Holland, then represented by Marty Singer, demanded $1 million in damages from Naylor and the immediate return of the laptop.
According to THR, the lawsuit has been settled and no details on financial matters were released. The full story runs in the magazine’s print issue, on stands Friday.