WENDY Williams is asking Wells Fargo to unfreeze her accounts because the bank suspects “financial abuse, insanity or undue influence”.
Wendy, 57, who has been absent from her eponymous daytime talk show since last season ended in July 2021, is asking the court for an emergency order requiring Wells Fargo to unfreeze its accounts with them.
In the filing, Wendy’s claims that Wells Fargo is in “possession of several million dollars in funds”, belonging to the ailing host, and that it has been denied access to its funds for more than two weeks.
Her lawyer alleged that Wendy’s former financial adviser informed the bank that Wendy “was not of sound mind” and that Wells Fargo denied her access to her bank accounts and statements.
Wells Fargo justified its decision to keep Wendy’s accounts frozen by referring to its authority, under various agreements with its customers, to “‘suspend or reject instructions for a proposed transaction,’ pending legal remedies. or administrative, if they suspect financial abuse, insanity, or undue influence,” the petition demanded.
The host’s legal team says the bank exceeded its authority, in part because Wendy did not offer any transactions that should give the bank discretion to suspend or deny access to accounts.
His attorney is seeking court orders allowing him “access to his financial accounts, assets and statements,” while his dispute with Wells Fargo is resolved through arbitration.
The petition alleged that Wells Fargo breached its fiduciary duty and that the host suffered “imminent and irreparable financial harm.”
The host team is asking the bank to provide access to Wendy and “its agents, members, officers, employees, representatives and any other person acting on behalf of the respondent” within 48 hours.
WHAT WAS WRONG WITH WENDY?
As The Sun previously reported, the daytime presenter has been battling a health crisis for some time.
Sources say the once witty and sharp host of The Wendy Williams Show is not the same as before as she battles multiple medical issues.
A source close to the show told The Sun: “The spark is gone. This Wendy, who for ten years had that sparkle in her eyes, that cheeky smile and that little wink is no longer the same. now.
The insider added that some days are better than others for the once feisty daytime diva.
“It doesn’t always work like it used to. She has days when she needs help eating, getting out of bed and getting dressed.
“Sometimes she goes out in her dressing gown and without shoes – old Wendy would never let herself be seen like that.”
Even more heartbreaking, the source added, she doesn’t always recognize people she’s known for years.
“There are people Wendy knows – who have worked closely with her – and there are days when she has no idea who they are.”
A second source close to Wendy’s family told The Sun that fans shouldn’t expect a video address from the host, at least for now.
“She really can’t do video. She has trouble holding a conversation.
This insider alleged that while things seemed to have gotten worse in recent months, she was also having trouble remembering while on the show.
“She forgot a lot of things on the show – information about stories, names of celebrities.
“That’s why she would lean on the producers, to help feed her information.”
The 57-year-old host has been absent from her eponymous program since the start of the season in September, with fans left to guess what’s wrong with her, why she hasn’t come to them and whether she’ll even return to the show. ‘episode. .
The Sun was first to report that Wendy was rushed to a New York hospital in September 2021 following a 911 call for someone in need of psychiatric services.
Shortly after, the daytime talk show host quietly hired a crisis public relations manager.
Meanwhile, The Wendy Williams Show would release four statements between September 9 and October 12, blaming her absence from her show and any promotional duties on a breakthrough case of COVID, “ongoing medical issues” and symptoms of the disease. of Graves.
On November 8, the show’s Instagram posted a statement from the 57-year-old host saying that she was still struggling with health issues and that as a “woman of a certain age”, she knew how to listen to her doctors and that “Right now, Wendy has to focus on Wendy.
It was the only statement supposedly coming from Wendy since the start of the season.
The Sun exclusively reported earlier last week that at the start of the pandemic lockdown in 2020, the host allegedly struggled with his addiction issues which turned into a dark and disturbing incident in May this year.
Just before the host team claimed she was hospitalized with Graves’ disease that month, Wendy experienced a disturbing episode with a handful of people present while working from home.
Sources say Wendy’s manager was called to her penthouse apartment after she appeared unwell during a Zoom show taping earlier in the week.
Her manager and a small group of confidants arrived at the host’s home to lend their support to the struggling talk show queen.
According to multiple sources, Wendy had stripped naked in her room and was shouting vulgar comments.
The host was eventually taken to hospital, where she remained for weeks.
Representatives for Wendy and The Wendy Williams Show did not respond to multiple requests for comment from The Sun.
WILL SHE EVER COME BACK?
In 13 seasons, it’s the host’s longest time away, and she’s yet to address fans in any real way since the show ended on July 12, 2021.
As Wendy’s fans continue to hope that she will return to host the rest of the season, The Wendy Williams Show has announced that the list of replacement guest hosts will continue through the end of January.
Meanwhile, there has been no announcement about the possibility of the show being renewed for another season.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
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