Sylvester Stallone gave his sister millions in blackmail money back in the 1980s, after she threatened to ruin his career over false allegations.

Then he made "Rocky 5," and it really didn't matter anymore.

Stallone's half-sibling, Toni-Ann Filiti, died of lung cancer last year at the age of 48. It has now come out that her famous brother handed her a multimillion dollar sum in the 1980s, and agreed to pay her a monthly income and set up a trust to cover her medical expenses.

A representative for Stallone confirmed the payout and said the money was paid after Filiti blackmailed the star with a series of false allegations of physical abuse.

The spokesman told the New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Unfortunately, celebrities, politicians and athletes frequently find themselves the targets of blackmail efforts by family members and associates who fabricate claims in order to extort payments from them."

Stallone's mother, Jackie, has also opened up about the alleged blackmail plot, claiming Filiti was addicted to prescription drugs and the actor was trying to help her.

She said, "This was nothing more than a shakedown. Toni-Ann was on 65 OxyContin pills a day, and she threatened Sylvester. A drug addict will do anything. When Sylvester became famous ... He was trying to help her. He caved in ... At the time (in 1987) he was very hot, and his lawyers said, 'Give her something just to shut her up.'"


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