- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Where there’s a will

The woman who claims she is the oldest daughter of James Brown was scheduled to appear in a South Carolina court yesterday to pursue a piece of the late soul great’s estate, Associated Press reports.

“I’ve been walking around looking like this man for 45 years,” said LaRhonda Petitt, a retired flight attendant and schoolteacher. “I’m not talking no negative talk; I’m talking about what’s right.”

A judge was scheduled to go over pending issues in the ongoing court battle over Mr. Brown’s will, said attorney Jim Griffin, who represents Miss Petitt. The Godfather of Soul died Christmas Day of heart failure at age 73. His will, which is being disputed, names six adult children. At least three other people, including Miss Petitt, say DNA testing proves they are his children.

“He had kids everywhere,” Miss Petitt said.

An attorney for those named in the will and a trustee for the estate did not return phone calls Sunday, AP said.

Guilty plea

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of drug possession and driving under the influence stemming from a traffic stop last year as he was leaving a nightclub.

According to AP, Mr. Tyson quietly acknowledged to a judge that he had cocaine and was impaired when he was stopped for driving erratically in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Dec. 29. He faces a maximum of four years and three months in prison when he’s sentenced Nov. 19.

Mr. Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history in 1986, when, at 20, he knocked out Trevor Berbick. In 1992, he was convicted of rape in Indiana, and his career hit a low point in 1997 when he bit Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight.

Mr. Tyson, 41, recently had been trying to revive his career with a series of boxing exhibitions.

Ice man cometh

Has-been rapper Vanilla Ice, 39, is due in a West Palm Beach court this week to be arraigned for driving with an expired license, says the New York Post. The Palm Beach Post also reports that in the past few months, Ice — born Robert Van Winkle — has been nailed for doing 74 in a 45-mph zone, violating high-occupancy-vehicle lane restrictions, having no registration, stopping improperly and having illegally tinted car windows. Ice’s representative had no comment.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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