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Wilmington man may sue LA hot spot over painting of Elizabeth Taylor

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Jesse Davis and the late actress. Jesse Davis and the late actress.
Jesse holding the painting in question. Jesse holding the painting in question.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A legal battle is brewing over a painting of Elizabeth Taylor that a man from Wilmington said the late actress gave to him as a gift.

Jesse Davis said he grew close to Taylor during the final years of her life. He even refers to her as his "LA grandma."

At the time, he was living in Los Angeles. Davis worked as the VIP manager at The Abbey in West Hollywood.

Davis said Taylor gave the portrait to him in 2009.

After her death in 2011, he claims he lent the painting to The Abbey for use at the restaurant and nightclub. Davis said the painting attracts tourists, who want to catch a glimpse of it and the place where the icon sipped on cocktails.

However, Davis said when he moved back to his hometown of Wilmington, his former employer wouldn't give him the painting back.

Now, he's hired an attorney and he plans to sue over the painting. TMZ even reported on the potential legal battle.

"She really was the most beautiful woman in the world," Davis said. "To spend that kind of time with someone and to receive a gift that someone else is using is just unfair. I really hope we can come to an agreement."

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