Yet, said the matriarch, she remains motherly to him because she loves him!
“That’s my sin, I love my son,” she said.
The grande dame of black-tie galas appeared before a judge in Boca Raton late yesterday afternoon. The hearing was to flesh out her petition for domestic violence injunction filed against Paul.
Lois claimed in her filing that Paul has been harassing and stalking her after she refused to give him several million dollars to cover his debts.
The filing added that Paul has history of violence against the mothers of his children and is fascinated with guns.
During the court hearing, the elderly Pope, 79, was questioned by her lawyer then grilled by Paul’s for more than hour.
In tears at times, the founder of the philanthropic LIFE Foundation said she’s been saddened by her 45-year-old son’s latest accusations that she spends illegally money donated to her charities, and that she recently took out a kidnap ransom insurance on him and his children without his knowledge.
How distraught? Lois claims the stress made her collapse in seizure.
Meanwhile Paul’s lawyer, Michael Schlesinger, pointed out in court that Lois wrote notes to her son asking him to call her.
“I don’t know anyone who asks their ‘stalker’ to call her,” he said.
Lois also admitted to Schlesinger that she attended a non-profit gala on the day after that she filed her injunction against her son, dispelling claims that she was so distraught that she could barely function.
“She took him on trips to Colorado and wrote loving letters to him over the past few weeks,” Schlesinger told Gossip Extra. “Obviously, it’s hard to believe Paul is stalking her. I requested that the injunction be dismissed. It does not belong in the criminal realm.”
Neither Lois nor her high-priced lawyers are returning calls for comment.
Another hearing is scheduled for early next month.
Mother and son have been at odds over what’s left of $412.5 million from the sale of the Enquirer after founder Generoso Pope‘s death 24 years ago. He was Lois’s husband and Paul’s dad.