GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — The Ohio makers of James Brown’s signature capes are being sued over one the Godfather of Soul never got to wear.
Brown’s daughter faces his longtime tailors in a Cleveland area small claims court on Friday. Deanna Brown Thomas tells The Plain Dealer newspaper of Cleveland she sued Curtis and Marilyn Gibson as a last resort, after asking them repeatedly to turn over a silver cape made for her father before he died in late 2006.
Thomas says she wants her father’s costumes for a museum and that she paid the Gibsons $7,000 for what they had.
Curtis Gibson maintains that Thomas never contacted him about the cape and says he was stunned that she decided to sue him. He said he planned to bring the cape to court.