Lisa Johansen, a 43-year-old Swedish woman filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Memphis, Tennessee for a whopping $130 million against the King of Rock and Roll’s Estate. Many media outlets broke the latest news at the end of 2011, and the case may be going to trial this year.
Lisa Johansen is not a newcomer to national news. She made national headlines in the early 1990s when she broke into the King’s Graceland exhibition and attempted to steal his belongings by impersonating his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley. Years later, she authored a book, “I, Lisa Marie,” purporting to be the King of Rock and Roll’s long-lost daughter. Claiming his family forced her into hiding for safety reasons after his death, she has been living in Sweden since 1977.
Attorneys representing Elvis Presley’s estate filed a lawsuit against Johansen after her book’s publication seeking damages for refusing to take a DNA test and for defamation. As a response, her publisher sued her for lost sales and profits stemming from the legal allegations. Lisa Johansen is also suing Lisa Marie Presley individually claiming to have been a victim of identity theft. Her suit also alleges defamation of character and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Johansen claims that while she was in exile, the family replaced her with an “impostor,” the real Lisa Marie Presley. If successful, she could win over $130 million.