Robin Williams' widow: Step-kids forced me into legal battle
Robin Williams' widow felt "forced" into taking legal action against her stepchildren after they allegedly attempted to clear out the couple's marital home just days after the comedian's death.
Susan Schneider Williams, the Mrs. Doubtfire star's third wife, claims she was still reeling from her husband's suicide at their California home in August, 2014, when she learned his three children from previous relationships wanted to take all of their father's belongings from the property.
She objected to the move and subsequently filed suit in court against Zak, Zelda and Cody Williams, and after a year spent battling over everything from the late 63 year old's awards and photos to his watch and bike collections, they reached a private settlement last month, with Susan agreeing to drop her claims against the estate.
Now Susan has spoken out about the family dispute in a candid two-part interview with Good Morning America, revealing she thought she had no choice but to turn to a judge.
"I was forced into it (taking legal action), basically," she explains. "Two and a half weeks after Robin had left (died), I was still in shock. (I was) not back in our home. I was told that I might not be able to keep our wedding gifts, that in fact, 'While you're out of the house, we need to come in and take everything out. Eventually, once we've gone through it all, tell us which items are yours and we'll decide whether or not that's true.'
"I'll never forget being on the phone with one of the trustees and saying, 'What is this? I know Robin Williams is famous (but) he's my husband. If we're talking that you guys think that everything is memorabilia, then take me, he's touched me! Where does this end?'"
Susan insists she was just fighting to keep what was rightfully hers - and she is grateful Robin's final wishes, allowing her funds to maintain their marital home until her death, were finally recognized.
"Basically what my husband wanted, which was just that I could live in our home until I die, (I got). Every inch of that home has our laughter, our playfulness, our joy, our tears."
Susan is adamant she will never get over the pain of losing her husband, but she is hopeful life without the funnyman will get better.
She adds, "It's not that those wounds ever go away. It's not that the pain ever goes away, it's that you get stronger, but it's always there."
During the first part of the interview, which aired on Tuesday, Susan revealed Robin had been suffering from undiagnosed dementia and had been given just three years to live.
In his autopsy report, a local coroner revealed Williams had Diffuse Lewy Body Dementia, which contributed to his longtime battle with depression and caused hallucinations, motor skills issues, and a fluctuating mental state. Susan has since admitted he had been on the verge of having to move into a treatment facility at the time of his death.