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Thread started 07/12/08 7:21am

Graycap23

Martin Luther King's children sue each other..

I have never been impressed by this lot.


King children sue brother, father's estate




By Josh Levs
CNN

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Two of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children are suing their brother, accusing him of wrongfully taking money from their parents' estates.


Dexter King, left, Bernice King and Martin Luther King III attend a 2006 tribute for their late mother.

Bernice King and Martin Luther King III allege that Dexter King took "substantial funds" out of Coretta Scott King's estate and "wrongfully appropriated" money from their father's estate.

The suit, filed Thursday in Fulton County Superior Court, serves as a very public fissure in an iconic family that has always professed unity, particularly as questions have swirled around some of their financial dealings.

In a written statement Friday, Dexter King called the suit "inappropriate and false."

"I'm disappointed that our personal family disagreement, as it relates to the family business, has evolved into being handled in a public legal forum," he said.

"It is my hope that this inappropriate and false claim by my siblings will be swiftly resolved and we can go about the business of focusing on our parents' tremendous legacy."

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead garbage workers on a protest march.

King's wife, Coretta Scott King, also devoted her life to the civil rights movement, died in 2006.

Attorneys for Bernice King and Martin Luther King III would not say Friday how much money they are accusing Dexter King of taking from their mother's estate.


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Bernice King is the administrator of that estate. Dexter King, the suit says, controls their father's estate, which is registered as a Georgia corporation.

All three children are shareholders in that corporation.

The lawsuit names Dexter King and the corporation as defendants. It alleges that last month, the defendants "converted substantial funds from the estate's financial account at Bank of America for their own use."

Harmon Caldwell, an Atlanta attorney representing the plaintiffs, said Dexter King is a signatory on the account, but "was not authorized to transfer the funds," and gave his sister "no notice that those funds were being transferred."

The suit says that as a result of the transfer, "plaintiffs have and will suffer financial loss."

The lawsuit lists Bernice King as a plaintiff both individually and as administrator of their mother's estate.

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Separately, the suit says Dexter King "has wrongfully appropriated assets belonging to the [estate of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.] or its shareholders for his own benefit."

Caldwell said Dexter King has refused to say what has happened with some of the corporation's money.

"I can't tell you that he's gone out and used corporate assets for his own living expenses," the attorney said. "What I can tell you for certainty is that by not providing Martin and Bernice with information about how the corporation is using its assets, he is essentially using those assets, appropriating those assets for his own benefit."

The plaintiffs' attorneys would not estimate the size of either estate. But one, Jock Smith, noted that a collection of King's manuscripts and other items was sold in 2006 for a reported $32 million.

"I don't think it was a substantial corporation of any sort before that," Smith said.

Over the years, the family of the civil rights leader has zealously protected its financial interests, at times taking legal steps even against the media for showing some of King's most famous speeches.

In 2005, some news agencies reported on the King Center, a nonprofit, having put millions of dollars into a for-profit business run by Dexter King. The family rejected allegations of wrongdoing, and has generally pushed to keep financial matters private.

Smith said his clients made repeated efforts to reach out to their brother in recent weeks before deciding to take legal action.

Smith agreed with the suggestion that it was emotionally tough for the King children to file the suit.

"That would be the understatement of the year, Smith said.
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Reply #1 posted 07/12/08 7:59am

Mach

confused
Reply #2 posted 07/12/08 8:04am

SCNDLS

Hot.ass.mess. disbelief
Reply #3 posted 07/12/08 8:41am

honeypot69

shame
Reply #4 posted 07/12/08 10:21am

blueblossom

bloody kids.....need their heads banging together!

mad
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Reply #5 posted 07/15/08 11:36am

butterfli25

not kids....

all grown and one gone.

Yolanda Denise (November 17, 1955- May 15, 2007), Montgomery, Alabama)
Martin Luther III (October 23, 1957, Montgomery, Alabama)
Dexter Scott (January 30, 1961, Atlanta, Georgia)
Bernice Albertine (March 28, 1963, Atlanta, Georgia)

sad that this had to happen, but it really sounds like Dexter was up to a little sumthin sumthin hmmm
butterfly
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Reply #6 posted 07/15/08 11:51am

JellyBean

Money ruins people, even the good ones.
“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist.” Brazilian bishop Dom Hélder Câmara
Reply #7 posted 07/15/08 12:07pm

Graycap23

butterfli25 said:



sad that this had to happen, but it really sounds like Dexter was up to a little sumthin sumthin hmmm

Living on the beach in Malibu.....U got that right.
Reply #8 posted 07/15/08 12:52pm

SCNDLS

Graycap23 said:

butterfli25 said:



sad that this had to happen, but it really sounds like Dexter was up to a little sumthin sumthin hmmm

Living on the beach in Malibu.....U got that right.

Is Dexter married? I've always heard rumors about him. hmmm
Reply #9 posted 07/15/08 12:54pm

Graycap23

SCNDLS said:

Graycap23 said:


Living on the beach in Malibu.....U got that right.

Is Dexter married? I've always heard rumors about him. hmmm

Don't know anything about the cat but i know he lives or used 2 live in Malibu.
Reply #10 posted 07/15/08 1:06pm

SCNDLS

Graycap23 said:

SCNDLS said:


Is Dexter married? I've always heard rumors about him. hmmm

Don't know anything about the cat but i know he lives or used 2 live in Malibu.

Here's what wikipedia had. rolleyes WTF???

King attended Morehouse College, the alma mater of his late father. He did not graduate, but studied Business Administration while there. He later became an actor and documentary film maker.

King's mother, Coretta King died on his 45th birthday in 2006. King splits his time between Atlanta, Georgia, where he serves as chairman of the King Center, and Malibu, California.

Dexter Scott King is a vegan and credits his vegan diet with giving him strength to further the goals of equality and justice. King was introduced to vegetarianism by comedian/activist Dick Gregory, who runs a vegan health spa in the Bahamas.

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