Ex-stripper inherits $223,000 from former customer with whom she'd had an 'everlasting friendship'

The former HBO executive's family was not happy with the court's decision 

Chelsea Ritschel
in New York
Friday 04 May 2018 08:05 BST
Ex-stripper inherits thousands from former HBO executive (Stock)
Ex-stripper inherits thousands from former HBO executive (Stock)

A former stripper received the tip of a lifetime when she received a six-figure inheritance from a former client and friend - whom she’d met only months before his death.

Veronica Beckham, 34, met the former HBO executive, Micky Liu, back in July 2014 at the Atlantic City Scores strip club.

The pair soon became “friends,” according to Beckham, who described the relationship they had as an “everlasting friendship” in court documents.

But Liu, who suffered from diabetes and heart disease related to being obese, according to the New York Post, died less than a year later at the age of 50.

Despite knowing each other for such a brief time, Liu obviously felt the same way about their relationship - as he named Beckham the beneficiary of his retirement accounts and a life-insurance policy worth a combined $223,000, according to court records.

Sex worker explains why she does her job: 'It’s my choice’

Unfortunately, not all of Liu’s relatives were happy with his leaving his inheritance to a former exotic dancer.

Micky’s sister, May Liu, challenged the inheritance in a Manhattan court - suggesting that “Beckham, as a professional exotic dancer, was adept at applying and using coercion and manipulation upon men.”

In the Manhattan Surrogate’s Court suit, May Lui also claimed Beckham “preyed upon Micky Liu’s vulnerability by exerting influence over him in the form of moral coercion.”

But despite May’s attempts to block Beckham from inheriting her brother’s inheritance, the courts ruled that Beckham was entitled to the money - and only former girlfriends of Micky could sue for the funds.

According to Beckham, however, her and Micky’s “everlasting friendship” was strictly platonic, and no sexual relationship ever existed between the pair.

As for her plans with the money, Beckham has started a new career as a fashion designer and stylist to the stars - and has denied claims she is a gold-digger, calling the “lurid” accusations “untrue.”

Despite losing the case, May Liu’s attorney, Stephen Holihan, told the New York Post: “We’re reviewing the decision.”

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in