James Brown’s wife has been barred from their home in the wake of his death.
James Brown’s widow said Monday she was denied access to the home she shared with the singer and their 5-year-old son, claiming the gate was padlocked at the request of Brown’s lawyer and accountant.
Tomi Rae Brown, who was one of James Brown’s backup singers, said she was at a retreat when her 73-year-old husband died shortly after he was hospitalized in Atlanta.
“The last thing he said to me was, ‘I love you baby and I’ll see you soon,’” she told The Augusta Chronicle.
But when she returned to their home hours after her husband died of heart failure, security guards told her James Brown’s lawyer, Buddy Dallas, and accountant, David Cannon, said she was not allowed inside, she said.
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James Brown’s Widow Locked Out [USA Today]
She said she does not own the deed to the home, but said she had a legal right to live there.
“This is my home,” she told a reporter for the newspaper outside the gate of the house. “I don’t have any money. I don’t have anywhere to go.”
Cannon would not comment on the situation, the newspaper said. Phone messages left for Dallas was not immediately returned to The Associated Press.
They could have the decency to at least let her collect a nightgown and a couple of James’ wigs and maybe a gold record or two to pawn. Cause’ it sounds like she’s gonna need to. It’s a man’s world!