Cops: Man Shot After Aretha Franklin Argument

Pair in barbershop disagreed about who was starring in upcoming biopic
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2018 12:27 AM CDT
Cops: Man Shot After Aretha Franklin Argument
People gather near a makeshift memorial at the nameplate for singer Aretha Franklin outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Fans mourned Aretha Franklin all around the world Thursday—including in a barbershop in Suffolk, Va., where a discussion of the Queen of Soul turned violent. Witnesses say that after an argument over whether Halle Berry had played or was going to play Franklin in a biopic turned violent, Michael Jermell Hatton, 44, pulled a gun and shot another patron, WTKR reports. Police say the victim, 47-year-old Tony Lundy, is in critical condition. The New York Daily News reports that Franklin repeatedly said she wanted Berry to play her in a movie due to start filming next year—but the role went to Jennifer Hudson after Berry said she couldn't sing anywhere near well enough for the role. (More Aretha Franklin stories.)

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