Nanette, wife of famous U.S. painter Thomas Kinkade, has filed for a restraining order against the painter’s former mistress to stop her leaking information about Kinkade or revealing his trade secrets.
Thomas Kinkade died earlier this month at the age of 54, and his ex-wife, Nanette, fears that his mistress, Amy Pinto Walsh, might break a confidentiality agreement, which she signed a year back, in an attempt to sell her story or some private family pictures, reports Los Gatos Patch.
Los Gatos Patch obtained court documents on Friday from the Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose. The documents outline the details of the filings. The petition seeks to prohibit Pinto Walsh from making any statements regarding Kinkade, his life, work, or family, or engaging in any conduct that could potentially damage his repute or has an effect of defaming, criticizing, disparaging or discrediting Kinkade, his wife or his work.
The petition also prohibits Pinto Walsh from publishing or assisting in publishing any book, article, press release or any form of communication that concerns Kinkade or his family while stopping Pinto from trading or disclosing any of the propriety information by means of photo copy, reproduction or electric media. The first hearing of the matter is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, 2012 in San Jose.
The recent filing has added another twist to Kinkade’s untimely death on April 5th, which the family says was due to his alcoholism and heart problems. An autopsy report is yet to be made public. His death was reported around 11:30 am by Pinto Walsh, who claims to be with the painter at the time of his death and says that he passed away in his sleep.
According to Pinto, she and Kinkade lived together for 18 months.
Kinkade, who called himself “Painter of Light” and said that God guided his brush, was much popular in the U.S., though most of the times critics defined his work as simplistic due to paintings inspired by Christian themes like cottages and bucolic settings.
During the past several years, Kinkade had been the subject of scrutiny due to his involvement in unfair business practices, according to a report on L. A. Times.