CBGB Made Hilly Kristal a Millionaire—His Ex Got Nothing

Turns out the punk impresario was loaded and a fight is brewing

"She needs a nurse now," Dana says. "She needs a shunt. She needs a brain operation. You need a nurse after that."

Dana has conferred with lawyers and is weighing his legal options. The will cannot be finalized until he signs off on it. He says the real issue is his mother—that she gets the recognition for her role in CBGB, as well as compensation enough to live her last years in health and dignity.

Karen Kristal and Dana Kristal in an undated photo from some time in the Eighties.
Karen Kristal and Dana Kristal in an undated photo from some time in the Eighties.

"She was waiting to get paid, and they were waiting for her to get confused," says Dana. "Even if she does get paid, she's gonna get paid when she's really not all there. That makes me sad. She should have gotten that money 20 years ago, when she would have enjoyed it."

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