Amid will dispute over estate, Priscilla Presley says ignore 'the noise'

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  • Priscilla Presley says "an individual" is attempting to cause tension within her family amid an ongoing dispute over Lisa Marie Presley's will.
  • Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Priscilla and Elvis Presley, died in January after suffering cardiac arrest.
  • The actor has filed a petition contesting her daughter's will after an amendment was made removing her as a trustee.

Priscilla Presley has given a statement to People amid the ongoing dispute around the Presley estate.

Following the death of Lisa Marie Presley, whom she shared with rock legend Elvis Presley, the actor filed a petition contesting the "authenticity and validity" of a 2016 amendment to Lisa Marie's trust, which removed Priscilla as a co-trustee and put her daughter's children in charge.

Since, sources close to Lisa Marie have said Priscilla "had no relationship" with her daughter at the time of her death, calling her challenging the will a "money grab".

Now, in a statement, Priscilla alludes to "an individual that bought their way into the family enterprise that is trying to speak on behalf of our family".

"This person is not a representative of Elvis or our family. Please allow us the time we need to work together and sort this out," she said. "Please ignore 'the noise.' As I have always been there for Elvis' legacy, our family and the fans, I will continue to forge a pathway forward with respect, honesty, dignity, integrity and love."

"I loved Elvis very much as he loved me. Lisa is a result of our love. For anyone to think anything differently would be a travesty of the family legacy and would be disrespectful of what Elvis left behind in his life."

The star claims she only "discovered" the changes to her daughter's will after she'd died.

In the filing, she says the "purported amendment" should be declared invalid because it was never delivered to her during her daughter's life, it misspells her name, and Lisa Marie's signature "appears inconsistent" with her usual signature.

The financial stakes would be high should a legal battle ensue, with Lisa Marie having controlled Elvis Presley Enterprises and retaining her father's Graceland estate.     

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