Lisa Marie Presley’s court battle with her fourth husband over custody of their 11-year-old daughters began Monday in closed session with the parents present and wearing masks.
The clerk for Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman said shortly after the courtroom was opened that because the non-jury trial involves minors, only those connected with the case involving Elvis Presley’s 52-year-old daughter and Michael Lockwood could remain. Their twins were not present.
According to media reports on a recent court filing that has since been sealed, Lockwood is so concerned Presley will relapse into substance abuse after the July 12 suicide of 27-year-old Benjamin Keough, her son from her first marriage to musician Danny Keough, that he wants primary custody of their twin daughters, Harper Vivienne Ann and Finley Aaron Love.
“Lisa Marie Presley’s son shot and killed himself in her home (although she was not there at the time). With all due sympathy and respect, this creates a new and unaddressed twofold problem: the safety of the children and the greater likelihood of LMP to relapse into drug and alcohol dependency,” the filing read, according to media reports.
Lockwood, 59, believes there is a “significantly higher risk to the safety of the children” given the firearm’s presence in the home and believes exposing their daughters to the idea of suicide might make them “think about suicide or attempt it, in light of their half-brother’s suicide,” according to the filing.
Presley, who also has an adult daughter named Riley, filed for divorce in June 2016, 10 years after she and Lockwood married. Danny Keough was the best man at the Presley-Lockwood wedding.