Robin Williams' Widow Opens Up About Estate Battle, Describes Day Before He Died
Susan Williams also told ABC News in her first interview since his death that she is keeping his slippers in the same place he left them.
Robin Williams' widow, Susan Williams, said she was "forced into" a legal battle with the comedian's children after his death.
Speaking with ABC News in more of the prerecorded first interview she conducted since Robin Williams committed suicide, Susan Williams talked about the dispute over his estate, which she and his children recently settled, and shared her memories of the days before he died.
The Saturday before he committed suicide, Susan Williams said in portions of the interview that aired on Wednesday's Good Morning America, it seemed that her husband was getting better despite the Lewy body dementia he was battling, which she says "killed Robin. It's what took his life."
"It was the perfect day," Susan Williams said of Aug. 9, 2014. “We just did what we loved to do together. And I know now that he gave me that perfect day. He gave us that perfect day.”
After his death, Robin Williams' widow and his children ended up in a contentious legal battle over his estate.
Susan Williams told ABC News' Amy Robach she was "forced into" taking legal action against her stepchildren.
“Two and a half weeks after Robin had left, I was still in shock. And not back in our home," Susan Williams explained. "After being in the trenches with my husband for so long and trying to solve this thing, after seven years together in love, I was told that I might not be able to be able to keep our wedding gifts, that in fact, 'While you're out of the house … we need to come in and take everything out. Eventually once we’ve gone through it all, you can decide – tell us which items are yours. And we’ll decide whether or not that’s true.' "
She added: "That was incomprehensible to me."
"And I'll never forget being on the phone with one of the trustees and saying, 'What is this? I know Robin Williams is famous. He's my husband,' " Susan Williams recalled. " 'If we're talking that you guys think everything is memorabilia, then take me. He's touched me. Where does this end?' "
The case was settled in early October and while the terms of the out-of-court agreement were not disclosed, Williams says the deal was "basically what my husband wanted, which was just that I could live in the home until I die. That it would be taken care of ... Every inch of that home has our laughter, has our playfulness, our joy, our tears."
In that home, Susan Williams told Robach that she's kept her husband's slippers exactly where he left them on the bathroom floor and that's where they'll stay.