Prince’s Heirs Fear Wildfires Threaten Prince’s Vault, Judge Disagrees

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A judge has denied a request by the family of Prince to move the late singer’s archive of unreleased music due to the threat of the California wildfires — mostly because there is no real threat.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Comerica Bank & Trust, the representatives of Prince’s Estate, contested the proposed move because the facility that houses the treasure trove of music is far enough away from the fires and in no immediate danger.

In a letter to the judge, lawyers for Comerica write, “Had the Nelsons contacted the Personal Representative prior to filing their petition, or even conducted a basic ‘Google’ search, they would have learned that the Hollywood Facility is not at any risk from wildfires.”

The Iron Mountain facility is located in Hollywood, roughly eight miles from the closest fire. The estate notes, “Before reaching the Hollywood Facility, the fire would need to pass through the UCLA campus, all of Beverly Hills, and several miles of commercial areas in West Hollywood.”

The judge quickly ruled on behalf of Comerica, WCCO reports, and issued a testy letter in response, saying, “The Court strongly condemns bringing this matter before the Court without adequate discussion between the parties and will sanction a party for doing so in the future.”