The Drama Continues Over The James Brown Estate

Source: Meg Kinnard / AP / New York Post

COLUMBIA, SC — The South Carolina Supreme Court yesterday overturned a settlement dividing up the multimillion-dollar estate of James Brown, saying a former attorney general didn’t follow the late soul singer’s wishes in putting together the deal.

State Attorney General Henry McMaster brokered a settlement in 2009 that split Brown’s estate, giving nearly half to a charitable trust, a quarter to his widow, Tomi Rae Hynie, and leaving the rest to be split among his adult children.

But the justices ruled that the deal ignored Brown’s wishes for most of his money to go to charity.

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