She was blackmailing and threatening to ruin his career. His half-sibling, Toni-Ann Filiti, had passed away of lung cancer last of 2012, she was forty eight years old.
News following her death came out about all the money back in the 1980‘s that he had given her for a monthly income and set up a trust to cover her medical expenses. Allegedly she was making false claims of physical abuse.
The spokesperson tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, “
Unfortunately, celebrities, politicians and athletes frequently find themselves the targets of blackmail efforts by family members and associates who fabricate claims in order to extort payments from them.”
Stallone’s own mother has also opened up about the alleged blackmail plot, claiming Filiti was addicted to prescription drugs and the actor was trying to help her.
”This was nothing more than a shakedown. Toni-Ann was on 65 Oxycontin pills a day, and she threatened Sylvester. A drug addict will do anything. When Sylvester became famous… He was trying to help her. He caved in… At the time (in 1987) he was very hot, and his lawyers said, ‘Give her something just to shut her up.’