LISA Marie Presley’s ex-husband Michael Lockwood is worried that his ex-wife will relapse following the suicide of her only son, Benjamin.
According to new legal documents obtained by The Blast, Michael is informing the court that there is a “new and significant concern” that will impact the former pair’s custody battle.
The guitarist filed his trial brief leading up to his and Lisa’s custody trial which is set to begin on August 3, 2020 and will focus on their daughters, Finley and Harper, both 11.
Michael began in the filing: “Lisa Marie Presley’s son shot and killed himself in her home (Although she was not there at the time.)
“With all due sympathy and respect, this creates a new and unaddressed twofold problem: the safety of the children and the greater likelihood of LMP to relapse into drug and alcohol dependency.”
He continued: “The children told (him) that (LMP) walked around the house with a gun in her hand in 2017.
“There was at least one gun on the premises of her home at the time of her son’s suicide and it is unclear where the gun was kept or whether Finley and/or Harper might have access to this gun or others.
“Thus, there is a significantly higher risk to the safety of the children which would ordinarily justify 100% physical custody to (me) at this time in such circumstances.”
Michael, 59, added: “There is a greater possibility that the children might think about suicide or attempt it, in light of their half brother’s suicide.”
Michael shed more light on Lisa’s past issues with drugs, and said: “In light of such a tragic and devastating event, it would not be surprising for (LMP) to relapse into drug or alcohol use despite her alleged three years sober.
“The death of a child is among life’s most traumatic events.”
Despite all this, Michael is still aiming to get 50/50 custody of his daughters.
He said: “It is likely they would benefit far more from a return to some sort of normalcy in spending equal time with both parents and ending this family law battle.”
This comes after Lisa’s son tragically killed himself on July 12th at the age of 27 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
His caused of death and the manner was classified as a suicide, the Los Angeles Coroner confirmed to The Sun following a July 13 autopsy.
A family source also told The Sun that Lisa, 52, is “devastated” over the death of her son.
The insider said: “Other family members were told early in the morning, it is shocking news but it also isn’t a huge surprise as he had been struggling.
“Everyone is heartbroken and devastated.”
Lisa’s mother, Priscilla Presley, also shed a light on how the tragedy has impacted her whole family.
She wrote on Facebook: “These are some of the darkest days of my family’s life.
“The shock of losing Ben has been devastating. Trying to put all the pieces together of all the possible whys has penetrated my soul.
“Each day I wake up I pray it will get better.”
Priscilla, 78, continued and mentioned Lisa and her grandkids: “Then, I think of my daughter and the pain she is going through as she was a doting mother.
“Ben’s father, Danny, who is completely lost, as Ben was his only son.
“Riley, so loving and so close to him; Harper and Finley, who absolutely adored Ben. Navarone, who struggles deeply with loss and death.”
Lisa’s reps could not immediately be reached for comment.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.