Settlement Reached between Gladys Knight & Son
Family drama is finally coming to a halt as a settlement was reached between Gladys Knight and her son over the "Gladys Knight Chicken and Waffles" chain of eateries.
Her son, Shanga Hankerson, has agreed to remove her name and likeness from all locations by January 2017, and the deal will bring an end to the legal battle.
Background: 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.
The legendary songstress alleged she sent a cease and desist letter to her son and his companies Rival Group, Cascade Foods and Granite Foods following the tax evasion allegations back in July after tax evasion allegations surfaced. However, it went ignored.
Hopefully in 2017, the two can put all of this behind them and can work on regaining trust and rebuilding their relationship as mother and son.