Thursday, February 19, 2009

Donnita asks "Where is the love?"

The family of Grammy award winning R & B artist, Donny Hathaway, known for his 70s hits with Roberta Flack, "Where is the Love" and "The Closer I Get to You" is battling over royalty rights for the deceased singer. According to court filings, Donny Hathaway created a body of musical work which includes approx. 200 copyrights for musical composition which he wrote, co-wrote, produced, arranged or otherwise held a copyright interest.

Donny who committed suicide in 1979 suffered from severe bouts of depression and from paranoid schizophrenia. It was widely known that he was heavily medicated to control symptoms of his disease. This condition wreaked havoc on his life and led to several hospitalizations. It also led to marital problems. Donny was separated but not divorced when he began seeing Donnita's mother.

Donny's daughter, Donnita accuses her step-mother Eulaulah Hathaway of actively concealing Donnita's status as rightful heir of the estate. She is suing her step-mother Eulaulah Hathaway and her two half sisters for fraud.

H/T Radar

1 comment:

Channelle James Ph.D. said...

Unless Mr hathaway was married to Donnita's mother Mrs Hathaway is not her step mother.