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ENTERTAINMENT Follow Up – Paternity Confirmed In James Brown Case

June 1, 2008

Tomi Ray Hynie

This is a follow up to a previous column regarding the late R&B singer James Brown. In the January 2007 Sound Off Column I wrote:

Um, I know the paternity tests aren’t in yet, but that little boy looks like James Brown. Poor sweetie pie, he is without a daddy:

Well, the results are in and the little boy is indeed James Brown’s child. It is good that the issue of who his dad is will no longer be questioned. The little boy deserved at least that much – and apart of his father’s estate.

Paternity Tests Show James Brown Fathered Son With Tomi Ray Hynie

Columbia, SC — An attorney says a DNA test confirms James Brown fathered the son of a woman who claimed to be the singer’s wife when he died. Peter Shahid, an attorney for James Brown II, said Friday that the boy was tested in April before a South Carolina judge ordered a paternity test.

The results of the court-ordered test have not been released. The boy is the 6-year-old son of Tomi Rae Hynie, a former backup singer for the “Godfather of Soul.”

Trustees handling Brown’s estate have suggested that Hynie was not legally married to Brown and that her boy is not his son.



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