Belafonte Settles Dispute Over Martin Luther King Documents

April 11, 2014 7:27 PM

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Belafonte Settles Dispute Over Martin Luther King Documents

Harry Belafonte and the family of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have settled their differences over the ownership of documents that Mr. Belafonte said had been given to him by Dr. King; his widow, Coretta Scott King; and a close aide, Stanley Levison. According to a joint statement by Jonathan S. Abady, Mr. Belafonte’s lawyer, and Michael W. Tyler, the lawyer for Dr. King’s estate, “the parties have reached a compromise, the terms of which are confidential and have resulted in Mr. Belafonte retaining possession of the documents.”

The dispute, which led to a lawsuit filed by Mr. Belafonte in October against Dr. King’s three surviving children – Dexter, Bernice and Martin Luther King III – revolved around three documents given to Mr. Belafonte during his long friendship with Dr. King. They include a three-page handwritten out...

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