In a letter to the News, Annie’s father, Hoang Le, said he is not involved in the suit between his daughter’s estate and Yale. Two of Le’s friends and another of her relatives have also contacted the News since Sept. 9 to express their disagreement with the suit.
There has been no indication that Le left behind a will, and if that is the case, only her parents have the right to manage their child’s estate, according to two Connecticut attorneys. Annie’s mother, Vivian Le, has been the face of the lawsuit filed on behalf of her daughter’s estate.
But James Bui, Vivian Le’s brother and Annie Le’s uncle, says his sister does not speak for the family.
“I wish there’s something more I can do to prevent my sister, Vivian Le, from following through with this suit, but I’m only an uncle who loves his niece as if she was my own child,” Bui wrote to the News on Monday. “Legally, there’s nothing I myself can do to block my sister from going through with the suit.”
Bui and another family friend who asked not to be identified said Tuyet Bui and Robert Nguyen, the aunt and uncle who raised Annie also opposed the suit. Minh Nguyen, another uncle, said he is not involved with the complaint.
Vivian Le appeared last Friday on NBC’s Today Show alongside her lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, to discuss the case.