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Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards in 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The musician died on April 21, 2016. (AP file photo)
Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards in 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The musician died on April 21, 2016. (AP file photo)

Bar Buzz: Prince’s ‘wife’ and ‘sole heir’ returns

A woman who claims to be a former CIA sex slave who was forced to marry four times so that the U.S. government could steal all her money—and who says her husband Prince died on her behalf—has been heard from again at the Carver County courthouse.

On Jan. 14, Claire Elisabeth Elliott, 52, who lists addresses in both Honolulu, Hawaii, and Augusta, Georgia, submitted her sixteenth filing in Carver County’s 1st District court as she stakes out her claim as Prince’s wife and sole legal heir.

Elliott, who proclaims herself “the world’s only non-disabled savant,” has filed several demands for notice and affidavits of heirship since her first submission on July 1, 2016.

She claims that she secretly married Prince in 2002. But she can’t produce a marriage certificate because it is in the possession of the rabbi who covertly married them. The hang-up, she said, is that the CIA considers the license a top-secret document and the rabbi cannot turn it over without a subpoena.

She further claims that a will exists naming her sole legal heir of the late Prince Rogers Nelson, but has yet to produce it. She did however, produce an alternative document as proof that Prince sacrificed his life for her. It contains the lyrics to “I Would Die for U.” (Elliott says she co-wrote that one.)

There are many more eccentric claims where those came from.

The court, it is safe to say, is skeptical. It issued an Aug. 22, 2016, order restricting Elliott from issuing any further legal motions other than a motion for reconsideration. On Sept. 16, 2016, it invited her to submit arguments proving that her claims were not frivolous.

On Oct. 7, 2016, the case’s special administrator asked Judge Kevin Eide to declare her litigation frivolous and block her from making any more claims, motions or requests if she refuses to withdraw from the case.

On Oct. 14, 2016, Eide granted that request. Any future submissions, he wrote, “shall be considered frivolous and shall not be addressed by the court unless [Elliott] first submits to the court a valid certificate of her marriage to Mr. Nelson, or Mr. Nelson’s will naming her as a devisee.”

Since then, the court has continued accepting her filings and posting them online, but the judge has taken no action on them, according to a Judicial Branch spokesman.

The case’s special administrator investigated her claims and found them to be groundless, according to court documents. For instance, Elliott once asserted that when divorce papers from Prince’s marriage to Manuela Testolini got unsealed, her claims would be validated. They were unsealed a year ago. No such nuggets were unveiled.

In her most recent handwritten letter to the court, Elliott simply offers a handy tip to Judge Eide stating that, even though she recently got married—twice—to a fellow who is not Prince, she has not changed her name.

If it were still paying attention, that probably would be a useful bit of organizing information for the court, given that she has variously called herself Claire Boyd, Claire Elisabeth Nelson and Claire Elisabeth Elliott since she began filing papers with the court.

She does, however, continue to use “mrsprincerogersnelson” as the prefix to her email address.

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About Kevin Featherly

Kevin Featherly, who joined BridgeTower Media in mid-2016, is a journalist and former freelance writer who has covered politics, law, business, technology and popular culture for publications and websites in the Twin Cities and nationally since the mid-1990s.

One comment

  1. Why is the court even accepting her letters???? She should be BANNED from the court not rec anymore contact from her!!!!!!!

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