Somber Chaz Bono has broken cover in Los Angeles amid mom Cher’s increasingly bitter legal battle with his half-brother Elijah Blue Allman.
And now the reclusive actor and writer could be dragged into the court battle as Elijah is demanding he should be subpoenaed to give evidence.
Chaz, 54, was spotted running errands in Hollywood – marking the first time he has been seen out and about in six months.
Prior to the January 25 outing Chaz had last been photographed in July visiting a chiropractor in Los Angeles and seemed to be in some discomfort.
But judging by these new exclusive photos obtained by DailyMail.com he has healed just fine and looked trim and healthy in an outfit of blue jeans, brown jacket and sneakers.
Chaz Bono, 54, was spotted running errands in Hollywood amid the bitter legal battle between his mother Cher and younger brother Elijah Blue Allman
Chaz – pictured in public for the first time in six months – looked trim and healthy in an outfit of blue jeans, brown jacket and sneakers
The sighting comes after he was dragged into his mom’s ongoing legal battle with Elijah
On the same day Chaz’s long-term live-in partner Shara Blue Mathes was spotted running her own errands in LA wearing a blue and white baseball cap, multicolored camouflage-style pants, a black vest and blue button up shirt.
The sightings come after Chaz was dragged into the legal battle between his mom and brother, who has been fighting her attempts to place him in a conservatorship due to his substance abuse issues.
Elijah is now demanding the pop star, Chaz, his paternal half-brother, guitarist Devon Allman, and Cher’s long-time personal assistant Jennifer Ruiz all should bbe deposed.
Elijah Blue’s paternal half brother, Devon Allman, 51, was included in the list of people his legal team wants to depose
Documents obtained by DailyMail.com show lawyers for both parties exchanging blows on January 25 after Cher’s legal team proposed the appointment of a conservator of Elijah’s estate – a move they said was based on nothing more than ‘a mother’s ongoing, heartfelt efforts to protect her son’.
Elijah’s attorneys fired back, pointing out Cher had requested that she herself be appointed conservator, and that Elijah and wife Marieangela ‘Queeny’ King had ‘opinions about Cher’s fitness to serve in that role’.
‘Such will be more fully developed when your client’s videotaped deposition is conducted, as well as those of Chaz Bono, Jennifer Ruiz and Devon Allman, among others.
‘As you have seen, Mr. Allman intends vigorously to oppose these petitions,’ the letter from attorney Steven Brumer states.
Brumer then went on to add: ‘Your client is an accomplished actor; aside from countless nomnations, she has won one Academy Award, one Primetime Emmy Award and three Golden Globe Awards. The opinions of court-appointed persons should come as no surprise.’
Vidal shot back: ‘You persist in trying to make this matter about Cher. It is instead about Elijah and what is best for him given his history of addiction and mental illness.
‘Your letter suggests that the court appointed counsel and probate investigator fell for some sort of acting job by Cher,’ Vidal added.
‘That is offensive. Not only is it degrading of the professionals who diligently work hard to serve the court in order to present true and accurate recommendations based on factual investigations, but it ignores that the probate investigator also interviewed multiple witnesses, including your client and Ms King, and reached the conclusions in her report based on the sum of those interviews.
‘You are eager to begin discovery, and that is fine, but discovery will only reveal the truth,’ Vidal told Brumer.
‘Here, the truth is that Elijah needs the protection of a conservatorship of the estate.
‘Cher always applauds Elijah’s perods of sobriety,’ she added. ‘The problem is that addiction is not the only issue here. Elijah’s periods of psychosis make him vulnerable to harm.’
Cher’s request for a temporary conservatorship for her son was denied by a judge on Monday– despite her claims that she feared he may be dead within the year unless it is approved.
Judge Jessica Uzcategui ruled there was insufficient evidence that recovering addict Elijah couldn’t look after himself and manage his own finances, currently held in trust.
She said he showed no ‘lack of capacity’ to manage his own affairs. There is ‘no urgency,’ she added.
On the same day Chaz’s long-term live-in partner Shara Blue Mathes (right) was spotted running her own errands in LA
Documents obtained by DailyMail.com show lawyers for both parties exchanging blows on January 25 after Cher’s legal team proposed the appointment of a conservator of Elijah’s estate – a move they said was based on nothing more than ‘a mother’s ongoing, heartfelt efforts to protect her son’
In response, Elijah’s attorneys pointed out that Cher had requested that she herself be appointed conservator, and that Elijah and wife Marieangela’s had ‘opinions about Cher’s fitness to serve in that role’
Elijah is now requesting his older brothers Chaz and Devon be deposed in the case
The court heard that Elijah Blue is currently ‘drug free’ and has rented an apartment to live in.
The news was another blow to the superstar singer and Best Actress Oscar-winner, 77, who has been accused of taking drastic measures to rehabilitate her younger son after he collapsed at LA’s famed Chateau Marmont Hotel in September.
Sounding dejected, as if reading from a teleprompter during the hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court, she began to address the court saying, ‘My name is Cher’.
She was appearing remotely on screen via video link.
Cher had argued Elijah was unable to care for himself amid severe substance abuse and mental health issues.
Elijah Blue, wearing a black suit, appeared in court with Queeny, 36. Neither he nor Cher smiled at each other.
King had previously said her mother-in-law Cher would be ‘categorically unfit to serve’ as the head of a conservatorship even if one was implemented, according to court documents.
She added that she’s known Cher for more than a decade; and that the Moonstruck actress ‘doesn’t drive, doesn’t make her own food or dress herself’.
During the hearing Cher’s attorney Vidal – chair of law firm Loeb & Loeb’s Guardianships practice – told the court that, despite his recent sobriety, Elijah Blue, still suffers from ‘periods of psychosis’.
Elijah Blue was seen leaving court with wife Marieangela King, 36, on Monday after a judge denied his mom’s request for a temporary conservatorship on her son
Elijah Blue Allman and and wife Marieangela ‘Queeny’ King filed a motion in early January to dismiss their divorce action from 2021
Elijah is the son of Cher’s second husband, the late rock great Gregg Allman, who died in 2017
A temporary guardianship was needed to protect ‘the assets’, said Vidal, adding: ‘Cher fears her son would not be alive within the year.’
She also claimed he has been 5150 sectioned ‘multiple times over the last calendar year’ and that he is currently being treated by ‘a non-medical doctor.’
Section 5150 is part of California’s Welfare and Institutions Code, which allows an adult who is experiencing a mental health crisis to be involuntarily detained for a 72- hour psychiatric hospitalization if deemed to be a threat to themselves or others.
‘This is not about Cher wanting to control Elijah or his money,’ Vidal added.
‘We do believe that the urgency exists,’ she said, adding that Elijah Blue’s history of drug abuse and mental issues are ‘separate but interrelated’.
If the funds from his trust ‘come directly into his hands they could be misused’, the attorney said.
After the verdict, outside court, Elijah’s attorney Brumer said: ‘Elijah is thrilled that the court saw he does not need a temporary conservatorship.
He’s grateful to his fans, friends, other members of the recovery community for their support.’
Another hearing is scheduled for March 6.