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Restraining order was sought against Thomas Kinkade's girlfriend

April 25, 2012 |  1:36 pm

Thomas Kinkade unveils his painting "Prayer for Peace" in 2006

After Thomas Kinkade died April 6, his girlfriend was quick to talk about the circumstances of his death.

"He died in his sleep, very happy, in the house he built, with the paintings he loved and the woman he loved," Amy Pinto-Walsh told the Mercury News three days later.

Pinto-Walsh’s comments are one reason why attorneys for Kinkade’s company, Windermere Holdings, and his estranged wife, Nanette Kinkade, have sought a temporary restraining order against her.

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But the court hearing that was scheduled Tuesday was postponed, and no future date for it has been set, said Mahalia Long, executive secretary at the Santa Clara County Courthouse, currently acting as public information officer.

Marcia Horowitz with Rubenstein Associates, a New York-based PR firm retained by the Kinkade Trust, confirms that a temporary restraining order was filed but not served.

"The temporary restraining order was granted by the court," said Horowitz, "but the plaintiff ultimately decided for personal family reasons not to serve the court order -- and take the matter off-calendar. This does not mean the case has been withdrawn. It is not an active case at this point in time."

The Los Gatos Patch has reported the Los Angeles-based law firm, Zuber and Taillieu, filed an injunction against Pinto-Walsh for an alleged violation of a confidentiality agreement that Kinkade's companion and personal assistant signed early last year.

The law firm has been attempting to prevent Pinto-Walsh, 48, from speaking about Kinkade.

The painter, known for his popular paintings of idyllic villages, solitary cottages and twilight-lit landscapes, started dating Pinto-Walsh 18 months ago, and she was living with him in his Monte Sereno estate at the time of his death. Kinkade was separated from his wife of 30 years.

The Los Gatos Patch characterizes the restraining order as an attempt to prevent Pinto-Walsh from disclosing private information about Kinkade, the Kinkade family and Windemere, as well as revealing “trade secrets,” including his use of computer technology in painting.

The Patch also reports that the petition for the restraining order claims Kinkade died the night of April 5, and that on the morning of April 6, Pinto-Walsh broke the confidentiality agreement by talking to a reporter about the painter’s “non-public health condition.”

Since Kinkade's death, speculation regarding Kinkade’s personal life has focused on his alcoholism. He has been described as occasionally belligerent.


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Photo: Thomas Kinkade unveils his painting "Prayer for Peace" in 2006. Credit: Gene Blythe / Associated Press