BAMBERG, S.C. (AP) _ Two people in charge of a portion of James Brown's money and estate have quit their positions amid ongoing questions over the late soul singer's finances.
The resignations of the two remaining trustees include a longtime adviser and close friend of Brown. The departures were announced yesterday during a South Carolina court hearing shortly after David Cannon, a former trustee, was held in contempt. Cannon has been accused of misappropriating up to seven million dollars from the estate.
Longtime Brown adviser Buddy Dallas said the negative attention reflected poorly on the singer's legacy and the resignations were in the best interest of the late singer.
Brown, the self-proclaimed "Godfather of Soul,'' 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.