Gladys Knight’s Son Says Mother Lacks Mental Capacity
The business drama between Gladys Knight and her son has gotten even uglier. As previously reported, the singer’s son Shanga Hankerson has been accused of tax evasion and owing over $1 million dollars to the state, all in relation to his ‘Gladys Knight Chicken & Waffles‘ restaurant. And now, Shanga reportedly will not remove his mother’s name from the restaurant, per her request. According to Bossip,
Gladys Knight’s son is refusing to remove her name from his Atlanta restaurant chain – because he claims in new court papers – she lacks the ‘mental capacity’ to rescind the licensing deal.
Soul singer Knight had ordered her son, Shanga Hankerson, to remove her name from his Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles outlets after he was accused of stealing from the business.
But the battle between The Midnight Train To Georgia singer and her son has turned even nastier, as Hankerson has now moved to block his mother removing her name from the business.
The court documents, filed Thursday and seen exclusively by DailyMail.com, say ‘Plaintiff’s claims are barred, in whole or in part, [sic] lack of mental capacity to rescind the license agreement granted to Defendants.’
Knight, known as ‘The Empress of Soul’ has no role in the business and only allowed her son to use her name under a licensing deal.
But the arrangement has soured since the Department of Revenue accused Hankerson of theft and tax evasion in June.
Federal agents raided three of the restaurants in Georgia and shut down operations.