Kinkade estate granted restraining order against girlfriend

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Updated: 4/25/2012 9:31 am

MONTE SERENO, Calif. (AP) — A judge in California has issued a restraining order against late painter Thomas Kinkade's girlfriend.

The order against Amy Pinto-Walsh had been requested by Kinkade's company, Windermere Holdings, which claimed Pinto-Walsh broke a confidentiality agreement by talking to reporters the morning Kinkade was found dead and threatening to reveal Kinkade's business and personal secrets.

Windermere Holdings is acting as trustee and executor of the Kinkade Family Trust.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge granted a 15-day restraining order against Pinto-Walsh on April 16.

Pinto-Walsh did not return calls for comment from the Mercury News on Tuesday.

Kinkade, the self-described "Painter of Light," died earlier this month at his home in Santa Clara County. He was 54.

His brother has said he battled alcoholism and relapsed before his death


Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News,


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