The children of the late great Ray Charles have accused his long time manager of mismanaging his estate, tarnishing his name and releasing albums that Charles himself would have never approved for release.
The children, several of a total of 12 fathered by Ray are seeking an investigation into manager Joe Adams, 86, and his way of handling Ray Charles Enterprises and the Ray Charles Foundation.
“The biggest issue with me is disrespect for the family and kids,” said Robert Robinson, one of Charles’ sons. “If you respect a man and his work, then respect his kids. His blood is flowing through our veins.”
The Charles children are taking this matter very seriously and have gone to the California attorney general, the Los Angeles County prosecutor’s office and the FBI in an attempt to get noticed.
“Before my father passed away he did not intend for his estate to be solely controlled by Joe Adams,” Ray Charles Jr. Robinson, the performer’s eldest son, said Sunday.
The kids are seeking a formal investigation and audit looking into their father’s estate, to determine if in fact there have been wrong doings as a result of Adams mismanagement.
Adams has so far decided to stay quiet regarding allegations being made against him.
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