Back in January, a man (coincidentally) named Denzel Washington was arrested for allegedly strangling his mother, whose name is (also coincidentally) Aretha Franklin.
According to the criminal complaint, the 20-year-old choked Miz Franklin in her New York apartment on West 93rd Street. The complaint says:
“I am informed by Aretha Franklin that she observed the defendant place his hands around her neck and apply pressure, thereby causing redness, bruising and substantial pain to her neck.”
TMZ reports that the 52-year-old’s son attacked her because she supposedly refused to give him money for a date, and even accused him of swiping cash from her coat.
The outlet reports that Denzel also threatened to kill her. Yikes.
On Thursday, the New York Post reported that Mr. Washington agreed to a plea deal for a harassment charge instead, and was sentenced to a conditional discharge as well as anger management.
The family has no relation to either the Magnificent Seven star or the Respect singer.
Talk about a crazy coincidence!
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