Paul Newman's daughter slams Newman's Own CEO Bob Forrester: 'The Newman family has been taken hostage'

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Paul Newman's daughter, Susan, is speaking out against Newman's Own president and CEO Robert Forrester, who she complains has taken her family "hostage."

"Some family members may be angry at me for speaking out, but I feel like the Newman family has been taken hostage by Bob Forrester," she told Mark Seal in the August issue of Vanity Fair.

Forrester took charge of the company and foundation after Paul passed away in 2008, and Susan is apparently not happy with what was left to her in her father's will. According to Susan, she and her four sisters were shortchanged.

"I was told each daughter would inherit a million dollars," she said. "And my father would set up foundations for each of us... funded with up to $30 million or more per daughter."

She also claims the sisters were supposed to serve on the board of Newman's Own, but "had the rug pulled out from under us."

Forrester countered, "Paul never thought of Newman's Own as a family enterprise."

"At one time, he was giving some thought to having one daughter on each board serving a time-limited term, but ultimately decided against doing so," Forrester said. "Everything we are doing today is in line with Paul's way of doing things."

Newman was an actor, film director, entrepreneur, race car driver as well as an outspoken social activist and philanthropist. His famous films include "Cool Hand Luke," "Hustler," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," and the 1986 film "The Color of Money," for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

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In Hollywood is Paul Newman with two of the year’s plum acting roles as the War hero accuse of collaboration in M-G-M’s “The Rack” and as Rocky Gr. In “Somebody to there likes me” shown January 1956. Also a star of the stage (“the Desperate Hours” and “Picnic”) and of Newman is being tabbed for a brilliant future. (AP Photo)
Paul Newman is pictured in Los Angeles, Jan. 2, 1956. (AP Photo)
Newlyweds actress Joanne Woodward and actor Paul Newman pose after their wedding ceremony at Hotel El Rancho in Las Vegas, Nev., January 29, 1958. (AP Photo)
Actor Paul Newman and his wife, actress Joanne Woodward, are going over the script of the comedy "Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys" at their home in Hollywood, Calif., November 11, 1958. (AP Photo)
Paul Newman stars in the motion picture version of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,'' in 1959. (AP Photo)
Actor Paul Newman and his wife, actress Joanne Woodward, attend the Academy Awards ceremony in Santa Monica, Calif., April 9, 1962. Newman is nominated for best actor in a leading role for "The Hustler." (AP Photo)
This is a 1964 photo of movie actor Paul Newman. (AP Photo)
Actor Paul Newman is seen at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wis., March 22, 1968, in support of presidential candidate Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota. (AP Photo)
Academy award nominee Paul Newman arrives at the 1967 Annual Academy Awards at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, Ca., April 10, 1968. Newman is nominated for best actor for his role in "Cool Hand Luke." (AP Photo)
Actor Paul Newman is shown, Jan. 3, 1969. (AP Photo)
Actor Paul Newman speaks at protest speaks against ABM system in New York City June 25, 1969. (AP Photo)
Actor Paul Newman is shown in 1976. (AP Photo)
Actor Paul Newman, who makes his debut as a professional racer driver in the 24-hour endurance race on Feb. 5, 1977 at Daytona Speedway, talks with Ferrari team manager Otto Zipper in the garage. Newman will drive one of the Ferrari racers. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
Actor Paul Newman chats with first lady Betty Ford at a reception backstage following a performance of Martha Graham's new ballet "Lucifer, " in New York, Thursday, June 20, 1975. Dancer Rudolf Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn held the leading roles in the ballet. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Actor Paul Newman waits for his co-driver to bring his car in during the 24 Hours of Sebring endurance race on Saturday, March 19, 1977 in Sebring, Fla. Newman is driving a Porsche 911S. (AP Photo)
Driver-actor Paul Newman, with his wife, actress Joanne Woodward on his arms, walks through the pits at Lime Rock Park race track in Lime Rock Saturday, July 5, 1978. Newman was on his way to his car to race in a C Production race. Newman, driving a Datsun 280zx won his race finishing 4.99 seconds ahead of his nearest competition. (AP Photo/Bob Child)
Actor and U.N. ambassador to disarmament Paul Newman is seen in 1978. (AP Photo)
Actor Paul Newman in the South Bronx on the set of the New York based movie "Fort Apache." on March 7. 1980. He is wearing makeup. (AP Photo/G. Paul Burnett)
Actor Paul Newman shown in Dec. 1980. (AP Photo/Willens)
Actor Paul Newman is shown on Nov. 17, 1981. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Actor Paul Newman patiently waits for his race to starts at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio Sunday, June 18, 1982. Newman, driving a turbocharged Datsun ZX in the GT-1 Class, finished in second place in the Sports Car Club of America National race for C production, D production and GT-1 models. (AP Photo/Fred Squillante)
Actor and race car driver Paul Newman waits in the driver's seat of his Nissan 300ZX Turbo before the start of qualifying race at Riverside International Raceway in Los Angeles, Ca., Saturday, Oct. 6, 1984. The qualifying round is for Sunday's Budweiser Trans Am race. (AP Photo/Robert Gabriel)
Actors Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward, left, are shown at the 40th Cannes film festival, in Cannes, France, May 1987. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz)
Actor Paul Newman poses with his Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globe awards ceremony in in Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 29, 1984. (AP Photo)
Actor Paul Newman gestures as he arrived at "The Hole in the Wall" camp in Ashford Thursday, June 9, 1988. Newman is the camp founder and $7 million of profits from his "Newman's Own" Food Products, Inc. was contributed to help finance the camp. (AP Photo/Bob Child)
US actor Paul Newman samples pasta at his charity event "Newman's Own & Good Housekeeping Recipe Contest" at the Rainbow Room in New York City, United States on May 24, 1995. (AP Photo) --- Paul Newman isst Spaghetti bei einer Benefiz-Veranstaltung (Newman's Own & Good Housekeeping Recipe Contest) am 24 Mai, 1995 im Rainbow Room in New York. (AP Photo)
Actor Tom Cruise, right, poses backstage with co-star Paul Newman, who holds the Oscar he received for the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, at the 66th annual Academy Awards show at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif., March 21, 1994. (AP Photo/Douglas Pizac)
Actor Paul Newman talks about his new movie "Road to Perdition," during an interview in Chicago June 27, 2002. Newman plays a Depression-era mob boss torn between devotion to his biological son and loyalty to his surrogate child. (AP Photo/Aynsley Floyd)
** FILE ** Joanne Woodward, left, and Paul Newman pose for a photograph at a party in memory of Tony Randall at Sardi's in New York Oct. 5, 2004. Newman and Woodward will celebrate their golden wedding on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
FILE - In this June 15, 2006 file photo, Paul Newman is shown in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jim McKnight, file)
Actor Paul Newman, founder of Hole in the Wall Gang camps for critically ill children, looks on during a gathering,Thursday, June 7, 2007, in Carnation, Wash. Newman was in Carnation on Thursday to announce that Camp Korey, a 800-acre farm will become one of the camps in his organization. (AP Photo/Andrei Pungovschi)

He co-founded Newman's Own with A.E. Hotchner in 1982, a food company from which Newman donated all after-tax properties and royalties to charity, which exceeded $400 million in 2014. The brand began with a homemade salad dressing, which Newman and Hotchner prepared themselves.

Newman was married to actress Joanne Woodward from 1958 until his death — she has not commented on her daughter's statements. He died of lung cancer on September 27 at the age of 83.

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