Gayle Benson, a former interior decorator now first in line to inherit New Orleans’ NFL and NBA franchises, was called Wednesday to testify in a trial examining husband Tom Benson’s mental competency.Benson chose his wife as his primary successor and disowned relatives who’d previously been in line to take over his business empire.Tom Benson’s daughter, Renee Benson, and her children, Rita and Ryan LeBlanc, allege that Gayle Benson has isolated the 87-year-old New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner from family and — with help from key team executives — manipulated him while he was in a weakened mental state.The 68-year-old Gayle Benson, who became Tom Benson’s third wife in 2004, smiled and exchanged brief greetings with reporters on her on her way into court. But she remained silent when asked if she had any general comments about the allegations made against her by her stepdaughter and two of her step-grandchildren.Following about 4-1/2 hours of testimony in a closed courtroom, Gayle Benson helped her husband, who was walking with a cane, into the back of their Mercedes-Benz, and said, “My baby’s tough,” to which Tom Benson added, “She made me tough.”Tom Benson then added, “See y’all next week, eh?”The Saints are… Read full this story
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