Don Cornelius and his ex-wife, Viktoria Chapman Cornelius, did not end their union on good terms. Towards the end of their marriage, the late television icon was convicted of domestic abuse. She was also believed to have pepper sprayed him multiple times. Though the two finalized their divorce in 2009, Chapman will be the one who pockets from two of his life insurance policies totaling $300,000 in benefits.
TMZ reports that there’s a provision in their settlement agreement that says Don has to make Viktoria the beneficiary of both of his life insurance policies. And under Cali law, if the policyholder commits suicide within two years, the company can void payment. Don passed that mark, as per the agreement, it’s Viktoria’s money.