Gladys Knight’s Chicken & Waffles Restaurant Chain Raided by Police

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 01: Gladys Knight attends the Black Girls Rock! 2016 Show at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on April 1, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)

Gladys Knight is in the news today not for yet another comeback, but instead for a police investigation. Her Chicken & Waffles restaurant chain in Atlanta has, according to WSB-TV, been raided by the Georgia Department of Revenue. The legendary singer’s son Shanga Hankerson, who owns the restaurant chain, is under investigation for an unaccounted $1 million.

“It’s our intent to get the business back open,” said James Boyd, a consultant to the chain, in a statement. “The business will go on. I want the public to know both sides.”

Knight herself isn’t included in the investigation, but the restaurants do carry her name. Police have raided and shut down three Chicken & Waffles locations.

Hankerson previously joked that he was “not trying to get a whooping at home” when Chicken & Waffles came under fire earlier this year for scoring low results on a health inspection test. Getting raided by the police certainly seems like a whoop-able offense.


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