James Brown's Trustees Quit Before Court Hearing

BAMBERG, S.C. (AP) _ Two people in charge of a portion of James
Brown's money and estate quit their positions today amid ongoing
questions over the late soul singer's finances.

The resignations of the two remaining trustees, who included a
longtime adviser and close friend of Brown, was announced during a
South Carolina court hearing shortly after a former trustee was
held in contempt. That ex-trustee, David Cannon, has been accused
of misappropriating up to seven million dollars from the estate.

Longtime Brown adviser Buddy Dallas said the negative attention
reflects poorly on the singer's legacy and the resignations are in
the best interest of the late singer.

Dallas' remarks came after he met with the judge who is
attempting to unravel claims to the singer's money and estate.

Brown died at age 73 on Christmas Day in Atlanta. His death
threw into turmoil the future of his trust, which is said to
contain most of Brown's primary assets, including music rights and
his 60-acre Beech Island home in South Carolina.

A judge is trying to decide what is in the trust. Still unclear
is the total value of Brown's assets.

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