The Queen of Soul is none too happy with the police, the media or her former publicist, accusing them of “gross inaccuracies” about an alleged attack on her son this week.
Grammy-winner Aretha Franklin issued a lengthy statement on Thursday that she said attempted to set the story straight. She blamed bad information from a woman she described as her “former publicist,” Gwendolyn Quinn of Brooklyn, N.Y., and insinuations from the police for confusion about the alleged attack on Eddie Franklin, 52.
The Bloomfield Township singer said he was attacked by three people near a gas station Monday near Plymouth and Burt and beaten so badly his jaw had to be wired shut.
Aretha Franklin said he underwent surgery in the hours after the attack, not Tuesday, as some publications reported based on statements from one of her representatives.
A Sinai-Grace Hospital spokeswoman said he was treated at its emergency department and released.
Franklin also took a shot at police, claiming they “gave the media the impression that my son was not being cooperative.” Police said they tried and failed to take a statement from Eddie Franklin in the hospital. “After observing my son on Tuesday, it was clear that he was unable to communicate with anyone after such a traumatic attack and with his jaw wired,” Aretha Franklin said. “The officer probably would not have been able to give a statement if he had been attacked by three men the very next day, either, and it was totally unreasonable to expect Eddie to do so as if he were not being cooperative.”
Police didn’t respond to Aretha Franklin’s complaints. Attempts to reach Quinn were unsuccessful.
Aretha Franklin also blamed confusion about where the attack occurred on her son’s girlfriend, whom the singer said initially gave police the wrong cross-streets. The woman told police there were outdoor video cameras near the attack, but investigators found none, Aretha Franklin said.
Eddie Franklin was a suspect in the Oct. 25, 2002, fire at his mother’s mansion in Bloomfield Township. He was cleared about a year later of setting fire to the 10,000-square-foot home.
Eddie Franklin was vindicated in the fire due to discrepancies in evidence and witness statements, authorities said.