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Wendy Williams' Former Attorney Says Ex-Financial Adviser Left Her To ‘Die’

The former talk show host is still fighting for access to her money.

Wendy Williams has been in a legal battle with Wells Fargo over access to her money, and her former lawyer is now speaking out.

Earlier this year, Williams claimed her accounts were frozen when the bank filed court documents claiming she needed to be placed under a guardianship. She called out her former manager Bernie Young, accusing him of using “my American Express card to hire an attorney to file a petition against me.” The former talk show host also said her former financial adviser Lori Schiller and “Wells Fargo has this guardianship petition about keeping me away from my money.”

LaShawn Thomas, Williams’ former lawyer, exclusively told Page Six in a statement, “The real issue is that Wells Fargo, through their adviser, refused to grant Wendy access to her own accounts, this includes the right to check her balance.”

The statement continued, “No bank should have the authority to do that. No one attempted to gain access to any of Wendy’s accounts. The Wells Fargo adviser and [former manager Bernie Young] were the only people with access. … They left Wendy to die.”

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Thomas said about Schiller, “Schiller] locked Wendy out of all of her accounts.[Schiller] restricted all access to every single account. Wendy was even restricted from going to the bank and personally withdrawing funds… Wendy, a woman who has worked hard for her wealth, was left penniless.”

Thomas claims the 58-year-old has been forced to use an American Express card for “all of her living expenses.” Her 22-year-old son, Kevin Hunter Jr., has been helping her “both mentally and physically with the assistance of a team of doctors,” according to Thomas.

Schiller has not commented to Page Six on the accusations but a spokesperson for Wells Fargo denied “any allegations of improper actions with respect to Ms. Williams’ accounts.”

Wendy Williams is still fighting for access to her finances.

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