Globe|July 13, 2020
IN THE latest twist in the battle over James Brown’s will, his “widow,” Tomi Rae Hynie, has been cut out of his $100 million estate!
In a bombshell decision, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Tomi Rae never ended an earlier marriage — and was not legally wed to the Godfather of Soul!
But the nearly 14-year legal skirmish isn’t over yet — with the couple’s son, James Brown II, forced to go to court to get his share of the estate!
The shock ruling also directs a lower court to execute the main component of the I Feel Good singer’s final wish — creating an educational fund for underprivileged kids in South Carolina and Georgia.
The legal wrangling has kept Brown’s fortune tied up in court — and prevented the needy kids from getting any money!
“The ongoing litigation since Brown’s passing has thwarted his expressed wish that his estate be used for educational purposes,” Chief Justice Donald Wayne Beatty writes.
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July 13, 2020