PARIS: French illustrator Albert Uderzo, co-creator of Gallic hero Asterix, said yesterday he had filed a judicial complaint against his daughter and son-in-law for “psychological violence” over a long-running legal dispute.
Uderzo, who created the iconic comic series with writer Rene Goscinny in 1959, accused his daughter Sylvie and her husband of trying to “get their hands” on his legacy.
Sylvie and her husband Bernard de Choisy have made a number of legal complaints over Uderzo’s estate, including one in 2011 claiming that her elderly father was being exploited.
The rift goes back to 2007 when the couple were dismissed as managers of the company handling Uderzo’s estate. A year later the company was sold to French publishing firm Hachette. “I have kept my mouth shut for years, but today I have decided to act,” the 86-year-old Uderzo told reporters at his home in the Paris suburbs. “I want to turn the tables on those who are attacking me. Enough is enough,” Uderzo said.
In a statement, Uderzo and his wife said their daughter and her husband were not seeking reconciliation and were “introducing and extending legal procedures that have no foundation”.
“The sole purpose of these acts is to undermine our psychological integrity and to hasten our debility, in order to get their hands on our legacy, which they covet,” the statement said.