Wednesday, April 20, 2011

August Busch IV offers $1.5 million to settle wrongful-death lawsuit in death of his girlfriend

Posted By on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 1:00 PM

click to enlarge The Adrienne Martin wrongful-death lawsuit is nearing an end.
  • The Adrienne Martin wrongful-death lawsuit is nearing an end.

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

court.


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