A shapely Scores stripper used her charms to manipulate a Manhattan businessman into leaving his life savings to her, the man’s sister claims in a court battle over the man’s estate.
May Liu says in court papers that Veronica Beckham, 31, was able to take advantage of her brother, Micky Liu, 50, an HBO executive, because he was vulnerable physically, emotionally and mentally.
Liu died in March 2015 of diabetes, obesity and chronic alcoholism, according to his death certificate.
Beckham, who now lives in Florida, said in a deposition last year that she never knew that Liu intended to leave her everything he’d saved, including a life insurance policy worth $223,000 and several retirement accounts.
She testified that after they met in the summer of 2014 at Scores in Atlantic City where she was working as a dancer, she briefly moved in to Liu’s Manhattan apartment on West 34 St.
She said she lived there a total of 35 days, leaving Oct. 2.
“We did not have sex. We just had the title friendship,” she said.
Beckham said that for those weeks, Liu slept on the couch while she slept in his bed. She also worked a few days a week in a Manhattan East Side Scores before leaving for Florida where her mother facing hip surgery needed help walking the dogs.
She said she returned to Liu’s apartment just once — for “five minutes” — in November when she retrieved her TV and sold it on the sidewalk to a friend. She said she spent a few nights during that trip at a friend’s house in New Jersey.
Court records show that Liu made her the beneficiary on two retirement accounts on Oct. 21, 2014.
Three days later, court files show, Liu sent Beckham an email at 3:56 a.m. telling her: “Sweet Veronica, there’s nothing in me that would ever say or do anything to intentionally hurt you. I love and care for you dearly. I wish you knew.”
After being unable to get in touch during December when Beckham says she lost her cell phone and was not getting Liu’s text messages, Liu sent the dancer an email on Jan. 20 saying “I’m not stalking you. I do worry about you and I miss you.”
That’s also the day that Liu made Beckham the beneficiary on his two other savings accounts.
Beckham in her deposition said the last time they spoke on the phone was in February.
Liu was found dead in his apartment on March 17, 2015.
Beckham insisted in her deposition that she had nothing to do with Liu’s decision to leave her his assets. She said she didn’t even know what a “beneficiary” was until she was notified last June that she had inherited Liu’s savings.
Beckham also said she never gave Liu her social security number, but her social security card and passport were stored in his bedroom dresser for the weeks that she lived in his apartment.
The court fight was first reported by DNAinfo.
Beckham declined to comment on the court fight to the news site, saying, “I have plenty of nice, great things to say about Micky, but I can’t at this time as the case is pending.”
“Just know that Micky was an outstanding, amazing, intelligent person,” she said.
Stripper Accused Of Charming HBO Exec Into Leaving Her His Life Savings In Suit