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Judge Rules Tommie Rae Hynie Brown Was Married To James Brown

LOS ANGELES - 1974:  'Godfather of Soul' James Brown performs on the TV show 'Midnight Special' in 1974 in Los Angeles, Calif
LOS ANGELES - 1974: 'Godfather of Soul' James Brown performs on the TV show 'Midnight Special' in 1974 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

In a decision likely to significantly affect the long-running dispute over James Brown’s estate, a judge in South Carolina has ruled that Tommie Rae Hynie Brown is the widow of the singer, known as the Godfather of Soul.

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