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Aretha in Foreclosure? Show Some R.E.S.P.E.C.T.!

3/13/2008 1:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

She may be the Queen of Soul, but Aretha Franklin is fighting to keep her Detroit palace.
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Aretha says a mistake by her lawyer over $445 in 2005 taxes and late fees caused her $700,000 mansion to slip into foreclosure. According to court documents, the big-boned singer owes $19,192 in back taxes.

She says she plans to pay up and reclaim the mansion by the March 31 deadline. A call to Aretha's rep was not immediately returned.

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adj    

Ummmm . . . . No 20: "Dykema" is part of the name of the law firm - Dykema Gossett. It is one of the largest firm in the state.

2313 days ago
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TrixieB    

Entertainers aren't always good business people. They have to hire someone that is competent and trustworthy. Hopefully this gets resolve for The Queen Of Soul. Listen to her album 'Love Songs'. My favorite is This Girl's In Love With You. What an incredible talent!!!

2313 days ago
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nataliec    

LETS SEE HERE.....WE ALL THOUGHT DIANA WAS A BITCH, BUT NOW IT SEEMS THAT ARETHA IS THE BIGGEST (FATTEST) ONE OUTTA DETROIT. WE ALL TALK ABOUT MISS ROSS...BUT ONE THING IS CERTAIN...MISS ROSS ...STILL HAS ALL HER MONEY....MISS ROSS IS 64 AND LOOKS 35...MISS ROSS TAKES CARE OF HERSELF AND MISS ARETHA SHOULD TAKE A PAGE OUTTA HER BOOK..CAUSE I SAW DIANA IN OAKLAND LAST NOV AT OAKLANDS PARAMOUNT THEATRE AND SHE ROCKED FROM BEGINNING TO END!!!!!!! ARETHA IS JUST OLD FAT AND BITCHY...(TOUGHT ALL FAT PEOLPE WERE SUPPOSE TO BE JOLLY!!!!!!!!!

2313 days ago
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nataliec    

fat ass tax evader

2313 days ago
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I love Tupac    

Ok Aretha like Michael is not broke. She is not hurting for money. She hired someone to handle her finances and the person screwed up. Let's thing about this ignorant people, do you really believe that Aretha is sitting at her kitchen table balancing her check book like you common folks do? She has way too many investments and assets to do this that's why she hired someone to do it for her. Like she said it will all be fixed by the end of the month. I bet most of you on here posting ignorant comments could say the same if you were facing foreclosure!

2313 days ago
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mister keep it real    

Miss Franklin does not reside in this home. This is the home that her late father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin lived in. For years Miss Franklin has had woes with this home on the westside of Detroit. For anyone that has an ounce of goose sense, they'd realize Miss Franklin lives in Oakland County , MI in the suburb called Bloomfield Hills. She hasn't lived in the city of Detroit for 28 years or so. Miss Franklin suffers from the syndrome of not trusting anyone to handle her business and financial affairs - thus invoices, bills, taxes, etc, get overlooked. To the regular everyday person this may seem tacky, but for Miss Franklin, it doesn't enter her radar scope usually till it gets her point blank attention. Ultimately her debts are always paid, albeit not in a timely manner.

2313 days ago
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Bubblebunny    

Let her get her act together and mind your own damn business. What a bunch of royal douchebags you schmucks are.

2313 days ago
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Bubblebunny    

1 ) re: who would name her kid DYKEMA: Dykema, Gossett is a law firm in Detroit. (You big fat dummy).

2) Miss Ross is thinner than Aretha, but drinks a lot, (DUI), and sure has aged.Look at some of TMZ's pics of her. She can't even fill an arena. She is a lotta hype. Make-up does wonders. She is not that nice to work with, either. Aretha is a great hostess and is a charitable person.I know. How many folks in the US today are FAT ? Hellooooo.......get real !

2313 days ago
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Jamar    

FYI...In Wayne County Michigan you can have a house paid for free and clear and still lose it! Why you ask?! The land it sits on is not owned by the homeowner. It is owned by the county it sits in. So Aretha's house is foreclosed due to PROPERY TAX not a mortgage!

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