I’ve been locked out, widow says

Townsville Bulletin - - Who’s who -

JAMES

Brown’s widow says she has been de­nied ac­cess to the home she shared with the singer and their five-year-old son, claim­ing the gate has been pad­locked at the re­quest of Brown’s lawyer and ac­coun­tant.

Tomi Rae Brown, who was one of James Brown’s backup singers, said yes­ter­day she was at a re­treat when her 73-year-old hus­band died shortly af­ter he was hos­pi­talised 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.

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.’’ Mr Can­non would not com­ment on the sit­u­a­tion, the news­pa­per said.Phone mes­sages left for Mr Dal­las were not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

The cou­ple has had a tu­mul­tuous re­la­tion­ship since they mar­ried in De­cem­ber 2001.James Brown pleaded guilty in 2004 to a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence charge stem­ming from an ar­gu­ment with his wife and was let off with a $US1087 ($A1388) fine.

He was ac­cused of push­ing her to the floor and threat­en­ing to kill her at the cou­ple’s home about 113km south-west of Columbia.

STORMY RE­LA­TION­SHIP . . . James Brown and wife Tomi Rae

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