Didn't take August Busch IV long to make a settlement offer in the wrongful-death lawsuit over the accidental drug-overdose death of
his girlfriend, Adrienne Martin, at his mansion.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the former Anheuser-Busch beer baron has offered $1.5 million to settle the lawsuit, which was filed in late March. A deal was reportedly brokered between attorneys for Busch and Martin's ex-husband, Kevin Martin, on behalf of the Martins' 8-year-old son, Blake Alexander Martin. A judge still has to approve the deal if he believes it's in Blake Martin's best interest.
Martin, 27, died from an accidental oxycodone overdose at Busch's
mansion on December 19. (She also
had a lethal level of cocaine in her system; authorities have
reportedly said that "a hole in Martin's nasal septum
indicated 'several months to a year of cocaine use.' ")
"Mr. Busch has made a decision to put this behind him and to avoid
lengthy litigation, but most importantly, to help Blake Martin," Busch's
attorney, Maurice B. Graham, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, adding that the settlement isn't an admission of negligence. "He does not feel
he has any responsibility for Ms. Martin's unfortunate death, but he
does feel strongly he wants to help this young man. He is concerned,
however, that Blake Martin's grandparents are seeking to receive part of
the settlement intended for Blake."
Yes, Adrienne Martin's parents are trying to get in on the settlement. Adrienne Martin's mother is talking about filing for custody of the boy. Martin's estranged father is trying to join the lawsuit, too, according to the Post-Dispatch.
Whatever money is paid to the boy will be watched over by a probate