Queen of Soul speaks out on adult son's attack

FILE - In a Tuesday, July 27, 2010 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. A spokeswoman for Aretha Franklin says in a statement that the singing legend's son Eddie Franklin was severely beaten at a gas station in Detroit on Monday night, Sept. 20, 2010 and was undergoing surgery at a Detroit-area hospital. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

September 23, 2010 7:40:30 PM PDT
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is speaking out on the beating her adult son took from three men at a Detroit gas station.

Franklin said in a statement Thursday that some early reports had some innaccuracies.

Franklin said through a public relations firm that Eddie Franklin underwent surgery after arriving at a hospital emergency room early Tuesday morning. She said his jaw was wired shut.

Franklin also said her son's girlfriend gave the wrong location of Monday night's attack.

Police said Eddie Franklin, who is in his 50s, was driven to the hospital by a woman.

The attack originally was reported by Franklin's spokesman, Gwendolyn Quinn. Franklin calls Quinn's GQ Media and Public Relations Inc. her "former publicist" in Thursday's statement.


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