Secret tapes of Sylvester Stallone speaking with half-sister Toni-Ann Filiti, who claimed he abused her in the 1980s, were destroyed after the two reached a multimillion-dollar settlement.
Confidential settlement documents reveal that a collection of secretly recorded tapes of Stallone and Filiti were destroyed as part of the 1987 abuse settlement, according to the New York Post. Several conversations between Filiti and Stallone, who is only identified as "S," were allegedly contained on the recordings.
A letter addressed to Filiti from her lawyers, obtained by the Post, detailed the agreement: “This is to acknowledge receipt from you of a total of six cassette tapes, four of which contain conversations between you and your older half-brother who we are referring to as S. You understand that in accordance with the terms of the settlement agreement between you and S., I and your father are required to destroy all tapes.” But, other tapes may still exist.
News first surfaced on Jan. 24 that 26 years ago Filiti accused Stallone of abuse, including "claims for personal injury, including physical injury." She reportedly threatened to sue, but he agreed to pay her $2 million plus $16,666.66 per month for life, with an additional $50,000 per year in a trust for psychiatric and medical expenses, before she could file.
Stallone and Filiti's mother, Jacqueline, denied that the "Bullet to the Head" actor was guilty of the accusations.
“This was nothing more than a shakedown,” Jacqueline told the post. “Toni-Ann was on 65 Oxycontin pills a day, and she threatened Sylvester. A drug addict will do anything. When Sylvester became famous, she didn’t have to hook. He was trying to help her. He caved in.”
This is not the first time Filiti has disclosed information about alleged abuse.
In March, Kenneth Chiaramonte, a former employee of Filiti, reportedly filed a complaint against the actor's half-sister for wrongful termination, according to RadarOnline. He accused Filiti of: "[C]ontinued drug abuse, refusal to obtain treatment for the long-term effects of sexual abuse and threats of firing and homelessness ... were combined with a demand to sign a non-disclosure agreement."
Chiaramonte reportedly knew of the alleged sexual abuse before he began working for her, and that "there was never any disclosure by Employee of the facts of the familial sexual abuse or drug use prior to this harassment."
Filiti died in August of lung cancer at 48-years-old.