By Jen Heger – Radar Assistant Managing Editor
Robert Blake has filed court docs in his federal bankruptcy proceedings indicating that he has been paying off his creditors, including his murdered wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley‘s Estate, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
As previously reported, the 78-year-old Baretta star, who was found not guilty in the May 4, 2001 murder of Bakley in 2005, got testy and belligerent — with Piers Morgan last Wednesday, when Morgan said he wasn’t sure if the actor was being truthful with him about the incident.
“You want to get to the truth if you can. Does that mean I’m lying to you? Tell me where I’m lying,” Blake asked Morgan, who said, “I’m not saying you’re lying.” Blake responded, “But you say you don’t know if I’m telling the truth, what the hell’s the difference?”
According to the declaration of the court appointed trustee charged with settling the actor’s outstanding debts: “I paid Debtor’s three largest creditors, the Internal Revenue Service, Franchise Tax Board, and Blanchard Tual the administrator for the Estate of Bakley collectively $3,470,352.56…Part of the disbursements included estimated IRS and FTB tax payments for Robert Blake’s estate for the year 2011: $810,000 in federal taxes, and $510,000 in state taxes for a total of $1,320,000.”
Even though Blake was acquitted of murdering his wife, he was found by a civil jury to be responsible for the wrongful death of Bakley, after a lawsuit was filed by three of her children. The jury ordered the actor to pay $30 million dollars in damages. Shortly thereafter, Blake filed for bankruptcy.
The court docs also ask that the bankruptcy case be closed and a hearing is scheduled for the matter on August 21, 2012.
During Blake’s interview with Piers Morgan, he expressed his desire to return to acting for one last hurrah.