Court Battle Over JIMI HENDRIX's Estate Begins

June 29, 2004

Gene Johnson of The Associated Press reports: Relatives of the late guitar legend Jimi Hendrix returned to court Monday (June 28) to begin another legal battle over which family members should receive money from the musician's posthumous releases, royalties and merchandise.

The case, the latest of several that have entangled the Hendrix estate in the last decade, concerns the last will of Jimi's father, Al Hendrix, who inherited the rights to Jimi's music when the rock star died in 1970.

Jimi's brother, Leon, says he was unfairly written out of the will at the behest of his stepsister, Janie Hendrix, who runs the company in charge of the estate, Experience Hendrix LLC, with Jimi's cousin, Robert Hendrix.

"This is about greed," Leon's lawyer, Robert Curran, told King County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell during his opening statement. "Janie has lived a very, very good life. She travels the world first-class. Her family goes with her. They get picked up in limos. They stay in first-class hotels." Read more.

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