Gladys Knight has asked a Georgia judge to order her son to immediately remove the soul legend's name and image from his chain of family diners.
The Midnight Train to Georgia singer sued Shanga Hankerson over the summer (16) over the chicken and waffles chain that bears her name, claiming the business has caused damage to her reputation ever since agents from the Georgia Department of Revenue raided all three of the diners in the state and arrested Hankerson on federal charges of theft by taking and withholding state taxes in June (16).
She was recently granted a default judgement after Hankerson failed to respond to the lawsuit, which ruled he must take down signs and promotional material which bear his mother's face and name.
However, he has yet to obey the judgement, and this week (begs10Oct16), Knight headed back to court to ask the judge to put pressure on Hankerson to act, reports DailyMail.co.uk.
She highlighted the chain's latest health investigation on 6 October (16), when officials gave the eateries just 44 out of 100. The poor score was posted on the Fulton County Department of Public Health website, with the accompanying report citing owners for a string of violations, including handling food without gloves and evidence of cockroaches in the kitchen, a repeat offence.
Gladys granted her son a licence to use her name and image for the restaurants back in 1999, but that contract expired in 2009, and they had a verbal agreement in place until the raids earlier this year (16), when the star decided to cut ties with his diners.