By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
March 5, 2012
Gil Scott-Heron's estate is an object in a tug of war between the late poet and singer's children from different unions. Rumal Rackley was chosen to temporarily administer the estate, and he now claims that his father's ex-wife Brenda Sykes, her daughter Gia, and her mother Elvira stole $250,000 from Scott-Heron's accounts.
According to Courthouse News reports, Rackley claimed that the women changed two of the late musician's Chase bank accounts to their Los Angeles address to collect royalties and opened another account to which they transferred a hefty sum off a forged check. In addition to demanding a return of the stolen money, Rackley is seeking $2 million in punitive damages.
Scott-Heron died on May 27, 2011 from HIV. He was most famous for the song, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," released in 1971 on Pieces of a Man. Although he insisted in a letter to his lawyer that he had only "three children," he has also fathered two other girls, Raquiyah Kelly Jeron and Chegianna Newton, the latter and youngest living in England.