When Tupac passed in 1996, Afeni Shakur gained control of his estate, and when she passed in 2016, Whalley took over as the trustee. According to Shakur, Whalley is withholding money from her and making himself rich with Tupac’s music.
Whalley is not only the owner of the estate, but he is the manager of Amaru Entertainment, which is the family-owned record label for releasing most of Tupac’s posthumous albums.
Shakur stated in the lawsuit “He has effectively embezzled millions of dollars for his own benefit. Whalley has unreasonably enriched himself at the expense of the beneficiaries and in bad faith by taking excessive compensation in a position from which he should properly be barred based on the inherent conflict of interest.”
Shakur says that Whalley has received more than $5.5 million dollars that he’s paid himself through Amaru Entertainment.
In defense, a statement was made by Howard King, saying that Whalley was a longtime friend of both Tupac and Afeni and didn’t commit any wrongdoing. King also noted that Whalley had been appointed to manage Amaru Entertainment by Afeni before her death, and not after.