James Brown II is confirmed to be James Brown son

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News 12 at 11, May 2, 2008

AUGUSTA, GA--An attorney for the 6-year-old son of a woman who claimed to be James Brown's wife when he died says an independent DNA test confirms the soul singer fathered the child.

Peter Shahid, an attorney for James Brown II's guardian, told the Associated Press on Friday that the boy was tested in April before a South Carolina judge ordered a paternity test.

Brown II is the son of Tomi Rae Hynie, a former backup singer for the Godfather of Soul.

The results of the court-ordered test have not been released.

Trustees handling Brown's estate have suggested Hynie was not legally married to Brown and her boy is not his son. They were not mentioned in Brown's will.

A call to a spokesman for Hynie and a message left for Brown's
trustees were not immediately returned.

Brown died in Atlanta on Christmas Day 2006.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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