It seems that the spat between three of B.B. King‘s children and his manager has gotten uglier, with no end in sight, as a Las Vegas judge refused to turn over King’s power of attorney from his business manager, Laverne Toney, to Karen Williams, one of the blues legend’s daughters.
Last week, King was hospitalized after a minor heart attack, prompting accusations from one of his daughter’s that Toney was stealing from King and neglecting his medical needs. In a ruling in Clark County Family Court on Thursday, the judge tossed out the family’s dispute, claiming that police and social service investigations of King’s home life failed to turn up any evidence of elder abuse on Toney’s part. Furthermore, the judge said that he could not even begin to consider Williams’s petition for guardianship until he had hear from all of King’s 11 surviving children and many grandchildren.
King’s daughters, who vowed to continue their fight, allege that, in addition to the aforementioned issues relating to King’s medical care and money, Toney has prevented King from receiving visits from his family and friends—including Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Buddy Guy. Since being released from the hospital last weekend, King has been under home hospice care.