Why Cher Is Being Accused of a Kidnapping Plot Involving Her Adult Son

Allegations that Cher hired four men to remove her son Elijah Blue Allman from his hotel room surfaced due to his ongoing divorce case with ex-wife Marie King

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Cher and Elijah Blue Allman

The divorce case proceedings between Cher’s son Elijah Blue Allman and his estranged wife Marie King recently surfaced accusations that the superstar, 77, hired four men to kidnap her adult son, 47, from his hotel room in November 2022.

According to court documents regarding the divorce filed by King, 36, in December 2022 that were obtained by PEOPLE, it appears as though the Grammy winner arranged the alleged incident as a form of an intervention.

PEOPLE reached out to Cher’s representatives for comment.

As stated in the documents, Allman began “receiving medical care” in August 2022. King, whose stage name is Queenie, requested a continuance that their divorce trial be scheduled after March 1, 2023, as that was when Allman was supposed to “have finished his treatment plan.”

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Elijah Blue Allman and Cher

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It is unclear when exactly the musician’s treatment was scheduled for, but according to the documents, he “spent 12 days alone” in a New York hotel with King — who he filed for divorce from after eight years of marriage in 2021 — in 2022 from November 18 to November 30. During that time, King claimed they were “working on [their] marriage” and believed that they could “reconcile.”

The KING band member alleges that on November 30, 2022 four people removed Allman from their hotel room, claiming one of the men told her that it was her mother-in-law who hired them.

At the time the documents were filed on December 5, 2022, King stated that her ex-husband was “currently in lockdown at a treatment facility that is undisclosed to me” and said he had “no access to his phone.”

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In the declaration to reschedule their next court date, she said, “I understand his family’s efforts to make sure he is well, and I want what is best for my husband.”

She also claimed that she had not received all of the agreed upon spousal support and was asked by the Oscar winner to leave her and her ex’s home without retrieving her belongings when Allman went into treatment in August 2022.

Allman — who Cher welcomed with her ex-husband, the late Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers in 1976 — has opened up in the past about his drug use. In a 2014 interview with Entertainment Tonight, he reportedly said, “I started with drugs (weed and ecstasy) around the same time that we all did, around 11.”

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The musician, whose relationship with his father was largely estranged until several years before his death in 2017, explained that opiates “kind of saved [him]” for a period. He said, “If I didn't have that at that point, I don't know what I would have done … You may jump off a bridge. If you can only just go through that time period and live through it and then get help."

The “Believe” singer and her son have also had periods of estrangement, which he has spoken about. “She’s had her moments and I know she’s tried,” Allman said when asked by The Daily Mail if she had been a good mother to him, mentioning how he thinks fame makes parenting “a very complex situation.”

He added, “I don’t think it’s anything she doesn’t know or hasn’t acknowledged. I know it’s a real regret, a real thing that for sure haunts her. I definitely know that the intent has been genuine. It’ll be mended because it has to be, it will just take time.”

Cher recently announced her first-ever Christmas album, Cher Christmas, which is due out Oct. 20 via Warner Records.

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