Son Agrees To Remove Knight’s Name & Likeness From The Eateries
Gladys Knight and her son have reached a settlement in their family drama that played out in court over the “Gladys Knight Chicken and Waffles” chain of eateries.
The son, Shanga Hankerson, has 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. Reportedly there are still two locations open in the ATL area.
The singer sued her son and his companies Rival Group, Cascade Foods and Granite Foods following the tax evasion allegations. She claimed to have sent a cease and desist in July but her son has yet to remove her name from the restaurants.