The lawyer now representing Aretha Franklin in the investigation of an arson fire in Bloomfield Township, Mich., that destroyed her $1.8 million mansion here says the singer has nothing to hide.

The lawyer now representing Aretha Franklin in the investigation of an arson fire in Bloomfield Township, Mich., that destroyed her $1.8 million mansion says the singer has nothing to hide. Franklin fired attorney Elbert Hatchett, who had advised her not to speak to investigators, and hired former Detroit U.S. attorney Saul Green. "All she wants to do is to get a positive resolution to this," Green said yesterday (Feb. 10).

Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca said there is "a new discourse" between his office and Franklin's new attorney, who met with prosecutors yesterday. Gorcyca, who has said the artist isn't a suspect in the Oct. 25 fire that destroyed the 10,000-square-foot home, about 20 miles northwest of Detroit, hopes to meet with Franklin by week's end.

Last month, prosecutors subpoenaed Franklin, her son, security guard Tyrone Jarrett Sr., and family friend Dr. George West. Edward Franklin and Jarrett appeared for depositions yesterday, where the former invoked his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination, according to his attorney. West is expected to meet with prosecutors later this week.

Hatchett said the split came because he'd advised his client not to speak to investigators. "She wanted to tell her story, to let everybody know she didn't have anything to do with it. It's just that I couldn't let her do it," Hatchett told the Detroit Free Press. "She's just been twisting in the wind on this," he told The Detroit News. "Her best bet is just to say nothing."


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