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Helena Peabody pulled up to the Planet in the late afternoon driving a Lamborghini. The two valet drivers flipped a coin to see who would get to park it. The winner quickly ran over and opened the driver’s door and gave her a ticket. He was in the car and zooming down the street before she even made it to the entrance of the café.
Helena had frequented the Planet with Tina mostly to be seen and to irritate Bette, but she rather liked the ambience. By day it was a great meeting place to have a meal, and after 10pm it became the happening nightclub for the LGBTQ community in West Hollywood.
She’d received a message that Peggy wanted to meet her there for lunch. Oddly enough she didn’t even know that Peggy was familiar with the Planet but more over she had no idea Peggy was in Los Angeles. Last she heard her mother was on some exotic safari in the jungle on the other side of the world. However, knowing her eccentricities there was no telling what the elder Peabody was up to or why she’d summoned her daughter to meet in West Hollywood instead of Malibu or Beverly Hills.
Ever since the break-up with Tina Kennard Helena’s life had been on a downward spiral. Nothing was going her way. First Winnie had hired some high-powered lawyer that stripped her of any rights to even have visitations with her children. She’d been found to be unfit as Joyce had dug up her criminal past and history of mental health issues. As Bette predicted Joyce sued Helena for child support, alimony and $10M dollars in damages. Winnie and the kids moved back into the Brownstone in New York that Helena had evicted them from. The deed was now in Winnie’s name giving her full ownership of her home as well as the Theatre Company. She no longer had to depend on Helena or anyone else to take care of her family. She’d finally won her freedom and financial independence to give her children the privileged life they deserved.
When Joyce was finished stripping her of everything possible Helena’s personal financial situation was dismal. She had an inheritance from her father, but she wasn’t independently wealthy. Joyce’s inquiries into Helena’s net worth uncovered evidence that she’d misappropriated funds from the Peabody Foundation to support her lifestyle.