The Family Of James Brown Settled A 15-year Dispute Over His Estate
According to the Associated Press, a settlement has been reached in the dispute over James Brown's estate. David Black revealed to the AP that the settlement had been reached on July 9, though the details of the agreement were not made public.
More than a dozen lawsuits have been filed since the death of James Brown. Tomi Rae Hynie, Brown's former partner and mother of one of his children, claimed to be his fourth and last wife. The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in June of 2020 that the marriage was invalid and that there was no right to his assets.
According to the New York Times, he could have left at least a third of his estate to his widow. According to the NYT, at the time of their marriage in 2001, Brown was married to another man who had three wives in Pakistan.
According to the New York Times, the South Carolina Supreme Court said that the marriage had not been officially declared invalid by a competent court.
Brown's children are expected to get the rights to Brown's publishing deals now that a settlement has been reached, according to the New York Times. They have control over Brown's desire to establish scholarships for underprivileged children in South Carolina and Georgia in his will.