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James Brown Documents Made Public

Because his highly anticipated biopic Get On Up will be released soon, the name “James Brown” is the topic of many conversations.

But through the efforts of one journalist, Get On Up won’t be the only reason Brown is brought up.

Sue Summer, a freelance journalist out of South Carolina, won the rights to documents regarding the legal battle over Brown’s estate. Summer wanted documents such as that diary clips of the woman who claimed to be Brown’s wife after his death in 2006, for an investigation she is conducting.

Attorney General Alan Wilson is due to turn in the documents by next week, but has reportedly filed a reconsideration request, according to The Root.

After seven years of conflict over rights to the Godfather of Soul’s estate, Summer is glad that the verdict will allow for “the public to receive an answer to the question… will Mr. Brown’s last wishes be honored in the State of South Carolina?”

The “wishes” she speaks of are those of Brown wanting the bulk of his wealth to benefit charity.

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