Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight and her son, Shanga Hankerson, have reached a settlement in their family drama that played out in court over the “Gladys Knight Chicken and Waffles” chain of eateries.

He agreed to remove her name and likeness from all locations by January, and the deal will bring an end to the legal battle.

Back in June, the Department of Revenue accused Hankerson of theft and tax evasion.

Federal agents raided three Gladys Knight Chicken and Waffles locations in Georgia and shut down their operations.

The officials alleged Hankerson stole more than $650,000 in sales taxes and withholding taxes owed to the state. The total with penalties and interest exceeds $1 million. Knight had no role in the business and only allowed her son to use her name. After the raid, Knight sued her son and his companies to remove her name and likeness from the chain. One December 7, a final judgment and permanent injunction was entered in the case stating the singer and her son have reached a settlement.

Knight’s son has agreed to enter into a permanent injunction prohibiting him from using his mother’s name on his restaurants or engaging in conduct that will likely cause confusion or deception to the public about the singer’s involvement in the restaurants.

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