August 30, 2016 at 5:30 afternoon EDTBy Carol Sbarge, WSB-TVATLANTA — Atlanta music symbol Gladys items is suing her son, demanding that he stop using her name.

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According to the lawsuit, article no much longer wants she name and also image on any signs or promotions for the chicken and waffles restaurants.

The lawsuit cases Knight licensed she name and memorabilia to her son, Shanga Hankerson, in 1999 for usage in link with the Gladys Knight’s Chicken and also Waffles restaurants.


Court documents say the in 2009, Knight considered ending the commitment altogether because of what she viewed as mismanagement, however instead entered a linguistic agreement, which was contingent top top Hankerson protecting Knight’s name and also reputation.

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The sue mentions both a state investigation and struggling service operations.

Authorities raided metro Atlanta Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles locations in June and arrested Hankerson on dues of theft and racketeering.

Hankerson is accused of stealing much more than $650,000 in sales and also withholding taxes. With penalties and interest, he would certainly owe much more than $1 million. %


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In February, the Peachtree Street location scored a 56 on one inspection. The ar passed through a 90 top top its re-inspection.

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The restaurants are under brand-new management following Hankerson’s arrest.


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