Two years and five months (and countless Buzz column inches) after his death in a Midtown Atlanta hospital, The Godfather of Soul James Brown’s estate was finally sorted out Tuesday.
A South Carolina judge has approved a settlement that gives nearly half of the singer’s assets to his charitable trust, about a quarter to his wife and young son, and the rest to Brown’s adult children.
The settlement was a contrast to the instructions spelled out in the Augusta icon’s will and trust after his death on Christmas Day 2006. Some of Brown’s adult children contested the bequest, claiming their father’s estate was mismanaged by trustees.
“I find that the settlement is just and reasonable and provides a just and reasonable result for the charitable beneficiaries,” Judge Jack Early wrote. “From the perspective of the charitable beneficiaries, the risks of not approving the settlement agreement are substantial.”
The exact value of Brown’s assets has not been made public. However, during numerous court hearings since the soul pioneer’s death, there have been claims of unpaid debts, inadequate accounting and misappropriated money, the Associated Press reported.
Some of the soul singer’s possessions were auctioned for $850,000, partly to pay debt. Attorneys have said the soul singer’s accounts have little money in them. The future income — from movies, royalties and the sale of Brown’s likeness — is what’s really at stake, attorneys have said.
The settlement establishes that Tomi Rae Hynie Brown is the surviving spouse of the Godfather of Soul and her son is James Brown’s child. James Brown II will not be required to take a DNA test.
“I am so relieved and happy that the court has approved this settlement,” Brown’s widow said in a statement to the AP. “I want to be able to work with the trustees and other Brown family members to promote James Brown’s legacy. My son and I are grateful to the judge and hope this nightmare is finally over.”
Park 75 To Go?
Want further evidence that some of the city’s most prized dining rooms are still feeling the current economic pinch? First, Joel began promoting a budget-minded pizza and beer Thursday night offering. On Tuesday, Buzz Central received word that Park 75 15 the Four Seasons hotel in Midtown is now offering family-style, take-out Fridays. For $25 per person, the kitchen, under the supervision of critically acclaimed chef Robert Gerstenecker, will box up a three-course complete meal for you if order by phone by today.
This week’s menu includes a choice of field greens salad or Caesar, followed by a tamari soy-grilled salmon filet with fried rice and stir fry veggies and lemon grass rice pudding. Call to order: 404-253-3858.
NBC’s “Today” show weatherman Al Roker and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Sheree Whitfield at the W hotel in Midtown.
The best-sellers this week at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Decatur:
1. “Cemetery Dance,” Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
2. “Last Child,” John Hart
3. “Help,” Kathryn Stockett
4. “Monster of Florence,” Douglas Preston
5. “Voyage Long and Strange,” Tony Horwitz
Courtesy: George Scott at Eagle Eye Book Shop
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Contributing: News services.
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