The Wall Street Journal: New emails illuminate strained Redstone family relationships and fight for Viacom

Emails cited in a California court case shed new light on Shari Redstone’s battle with top Viacom Inc. VIA, -0.44% VIAB, -0.24%  executives and tensions with her father, media mogul Sumner Redstone, in the years leading up to a power struggle over the family’s business empire.

The emails, which haven’t been previously reported, have surfaced in a legal fight regarding more than $150 million Mr. Redstone gave to two former female companions, Sydney Holland and Manuela Herzer. Mr. Redstone sued in 2016 to reclaim those gifts.

In countersuits filed this fall, the women have alleged Ms. Redstone spied on them and is behind Mr. Redstone’s suit, with Ms. Holland’s complaint citing the emails.

The emails help illuminate how Ms. Redstone pushed for more influence at Viacom and detail her expectation that she may have to sue to protect the empire against former Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman. And they suggest she feared that as her father’s ties to the two women grew closer, she and her family would be sidelined and, as she wrote, he would ensure “we are all left with nothing and that his little sluts get it all with no interference from us.”

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com

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