Judge Tosses Elder Abuse Claim Against BB King's Business Manager

LAS VEGAS (CelebrityAccess) — A judge in Las Vegas ruled that there was no evidence that blues legend B.B. King was being abused.

According to the Associated Press, three of King's children accused the musician's longtime business manager Laverne Toney of stealing millions from him and neglecting King's medical care.

King's daughter Karen Williams and her legal advisor Frederick Waid alleged that Toney had blocked King's friends, including Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy and Willie Nelson from visiting king. They also alleged that more than $1 million has disappeared from King's bank accounts.

"The family has been unable to account for what is reported to be in excess of $1 million," the court filing said. The petition noted that there were more than $5 million in assets at stake in the matter.

However, the judge did not agree and said that after investigations conducted by police and social services, no reason had been discovered to take power-of-attorney away from Toney.

The 89-year-old King is reported to be in hospice care after a brief hospitalization last week for an undisclosed illness. – Staff Writers

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