About a month ago, legendary soul singer Gladys Knight filed a lawsuit seeking to remove her name from the Chicken & Waffles restaurant franchise after it was hit with a slew of bad press from reported tax issues and financial mismanagement (click HERE if you missed that).
Well now, Shanga Hankerson, Knight’s son, has filed a counter suit in the case and is apparently refusing to remove his famous mom’s name from his Atlanta restaurants.
According to The Daily Mail, Hankerson is refusing to remove her name from his Atlanta restaurant chain because he claims she lacks the ‘mental capacity’ to rescind the licensing deal and he’s filed legal paperwork that he says will prove his case.
Knight had previously sought ordered her son to remove her name from his Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles outlets after he was accused of stealing 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.’
Hankerson denys all the allegations of wrongdoing by his mother over his Chicken and Waffle restaurants and says her lawsuit is a violation of a state court order, and that she has been paid for the use of her name on his restaurants and consequently cannot void their deal.
He is demanding the entire lawsuit be thrown out and his mother pay all the court fees.
Wow. Family functions at the Knight household will probably never be the same after this…