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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Questions Arise About James Brown's Marital Status

"The late soul singer James Brown's lawyer said Tuesday the fact that the woman who'd been described as the late singer's wife was locked out of his South Carolina home after his death is "not a reflection on her as an individual." Instead, the lawyer said that Brown and Tomi Rae Hynie were in fact not legally married and that she was locked out for estate legal reasons.

Brown's attorney said the woman was already married to another man in 2001 when she married Brown, making her marriage to Brown null.He said she later annulled the previous marriage, but she and Brown never remarried. However, Hynie told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she believes Brown's representatives are trying to discredit her so Brown's estate doesn't have to be shared with her. She also said she has the documentation to back up her marriage status." The Link to Article (last visited 12-27-06 NVS)

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