*Chaka Khan has been chosen to replace Aretha Franklin in concert this Sunday at a gig in Kansas City, Missouri.
Franklin pulled out of her scheduled headline benefit concert at the Power and Light District to take care of her son, Eddie Franklin, as he recovers from a brutal beating that took place Monday night.
As previously reported, Franklin released a statement through a new publicist Thursday to defend previous media accounts that suggested her son refused to cooperate with police.
Initial press reports indicated that Eddie Franklin, 52, was attacked at a gas station in Detroit on Monday night and underwent emergency surgery – but checked out of the hospital before police arrived to interview him about the incident. A police spokeswoman also confirmed officers were interested in talking to Eddie after being told he “walked out (of hospital) on his own” and urged him to report the crime.
The Queen of Soul has now come forward to explain that her son was physically unable to talk to police right away because his jaw had been wired shut by doctors. She also criticized cops for talking to the media and giving “the impression that my son was not being cooperative.”
Franklin says, “After observing my son on Tuesday, it was clear that he was unable to communicate with anyone after such a traumatic attack and with his jaw wired. The officer probably would not have been able to give a statement if he had been attacked by three men the very next day, either, and it was totally unreasonable to expect Eddie to do so as if he were not being cooperative.”