James Brown DNA wanted for paternity test

02/25/2007 at 08:00 AM ET

by CBB correspondent Tara:

Anna Nicole’s isn’t the only paternity battle going on right now. According to E! Online, trustees in charge of the late James Brown’s estate have petitioned a South Carolina court to allow DNA samples to be taken from the singer’s body. Brown’s partner, Tomi Rae Hynie claims her son, James Brown Jr. is Brown’s five year old son, although he was not named in the will. Tomi Rae explains that the will is invalid because it was drawn up in 2001, before her son’s birth. Paternity will have to be proven before James Jr. will awarded any portion of the estate.

Tomi Rae appeared on Larry King Live this week stating that she and her son are currently living with friends in Beverly Hills. She also says that her son continues to ask whether daddy is sleeping:

He’ll draw little pictures of [Brown] in a casket with lots of hair on the little stick figure and say ‘That’s daddy.’

Source: E! Online

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PSB on

Anybody who has laid eyes on that kid can tell he’s James Brown’s son. He is the SPITTING IMAGE of him and the other family members know it. I think this scramble for money amongst his relatives is really disgusting. To try to cut off monetary care for a small child who is so obviously the son of the dead man (and whom he was living with and being cared for his whole life) is pretty gross.

Campbell on

Wow… That little fella is paying the price of ALL the BIG people’s issues in his life… poor guy.

C on

Well I don’t know the back story to this woman but I don’t think that it hurts just to make sure. I do agree that he looks like Brown but you never know.