Alex Murdaugh sued over insurance payout tied to housekeeper’s death

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Alex Murdaugh sued over insurance payout tied to housekeeper's death

Disgraced South Carolina legal scion Alex Murdaugh faced further legal drama on Wednesday — getting sued over a huge insurance payout tied to the mysterious death of his longtime housekeeper.

Gloria Satterfield, 57, died in February 2018 after “a trip and fall accident” in the home of the Murdaughs, where she had worked for more than 20 years and was treated like “part of the Murdaugh family,” a lawsuit said.

More than 3 1/2 years later, “the exact details of the fall remain unclear,” even to the housekeeper’s sons and heirs, the Hampton County lawsuit seeking unspecified damages said.

Murdaugh — who on Monday admitted to a bizarre plot to get shot dead to collect a $10 million payout for his surviving son — told Satterfield’s family “he was going to take care” of her sons and sue himself to collect on personal liability insurance he had with Lloyds of London, court records show.

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Gloria Satterfield died in the home of the Murdaughs.

As part of the claim, “Alex Murdaugh admitted that he was at fault” over Satterfield’s death and “told his insurer that there was no defense to the claim and that the claim must be paid,” the lawsuit stressed.

Murdaugh reached a settlement in Dec. 2018 to pay $500,000 liability and $5,000 medical costs to Satterfield’s sons, Brian Harriott and Tony Satterfield, court documents from the time show.

“To date, Tony and Brian have not received any monies from any claims or settlements with Murdaugh and his insurance carriers following their mother’s death – Not one dime,” their attorney, Eric Bland, claimed in Wednesday’s lawsuit.

“The plaintiffs are victims. The plaintiffs are vulnerable. The plaintiffs are scared.

“By this action, the plaintiffs seek real answers surrounding the death of their mother and the disposition of the monies supposedly paid for their benefit,” the lawsuit said.

As well as Murdaugh, the lawsuits names Corey Fleming, who was personally introduced to them by their late mom’s boss to be their attorney in the case, the documents say.

“Unbeknownst to Tony and Brian, Fleming was a former college roommate of Alex Murdaugh and was his best friend,” the documents state.

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Alex Murdaugh reached a settlement in Dec. 2018 with Satterfield’s sons.
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He was also godfather to Murdaugh’s 22-year-old son Paul, who was found shot dead in June alongside his mom, Alex Murdaugh’s wife Maggie. 

Paul Murdaugh was also embroiled in a mysterious death, and was to face trial over the drunken boating-crash death of 19-year-old Mallory Beach when he was murdered.

The lawsuit also names Chad Westendorf, who Fleming made the Satterfields’ personal representative in negotiations without the heirs’ knowledge, the papers say.

The two sons “first learned that money had been recovered from the death of their mother when it was reported in the press,” the lawsuit said.

4157 Moselle Road in Islandton, S.C.  - The "hunting lodge" where Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were murdered. Maggie Murdaugh , 52, and her son Paul Murdaugh, 22, were shot several times and their bodies were found.
The Islandton, South Carolina “hunting lodge” where Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were murdered.
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Murdaugh pal Fleming and his firm “were paid attorney fees of $166,000” for repping the family — while “the children of Gloria Satterfield have not received the first dollar,” the lawsuit said.

“Gloria was told she was part of the Murdaugh family, and she believed it to be true,” the filing said.

The latest lawsuit came on the same day that Murdaugh’s lawyer admitted that he expected the disgraced scion to be charged over the bizarre plot to be killed to collect $10 million for his surviving son, Buster.

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Alex Murdaugh told Satterfield’s family “he was going to take care” of her sons and sue himself to collect on personal liability insurance he had with Lloyds of London, court records show.
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His attorney, Dick Harpootlian, also told NBC’s “Today” show that Murdaugh “had converted some client and law-firm money to his own use and spent most of that on opioids.” Murdaugh was booted from his family law firm and also entered rehab for addiction.

The assisted suicide insurance scam and missing money are both being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), which is also still probing June’s double slaying of Murdaugh’s wife and son.

The disgraced lawyer had been the one to find their bodies — but Harpootlian insisted during his NBC interview, “He did not murder them.”

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