According to TMZ, the lawsuit says that ReliaStar is acting in bad faith by launching its own investigation into the actor’s death. Apparently, they don’t buy the New York City medical examiner’s conclusion that Heath’s death was an accidental overdose.
The suit was filed by a trustee for Matilda, 2, Ledger’s daughter with actress Michelle Williams. The money would go into a trust set up for Matilda.
TMZ says lawyers for Matilda claim this is all a time-wasting ruse to keep from having to pay the $10 million.
More from TMZ: "The company alleges in its answer to the lawsuit, ‘ReliaStar is entitled to investigate Plaintiff’s claim to determine if the "Suicide" provision is applicable.’ "
What a shock! An insurance company that doesn’t want to pay on a policy and is trying to prove it was a suicide so they don’t have to pay! Imagine that!
ReliaStar’s lawyers are going to try to take depositions from Mary-Kate Olsen, as well as that mysterious masseuse who made the calls to her from Ledger’s apartment, costars on his last film, "The Dark Knight," his agents, doctors, psychiatrists etc.
In other words, this could take years.