- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A reporter covering the fight over soul singer James Brown’s estate has been ordered to tell a court how she obtained a diary from Brown’s widow.

A judge issued a restraining order Friday telling journalist Sue Summer to not publish anything from the diary, which she says was sent to her anonymously. But the order came several hours after Summer had already posted Tomi Ray Hynie’s writings on her Facebook page.

In a letter to Summer’s attorney, Hynie’s lawyer Robert Rosen said the diary is covered by a gag order. Rosen says it contains the writings of someone in distress and to publish them would be morally wrong.

Last week, a judge ruled Hynie was legally married to Brown when he died in 2006.


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