Report: Franklin Uncooperative With Police
Aretha Franklin didn't cooperate with authorities investigating a fire that destroyed her $1.6-million Michigan mansion, according to a police report. The Bloomfield Township police report shows officAretha Franklin didn't cooperate with authorities investigating a fire that destroyed her $1.6-million Michigan mansion, according to a police report. The Bloomfield Township police report shows officers were rebuffed repeatedly while trying to interview Franklin after the Oct. 25 blaze, the Detroit News reported.
On the morning of the fire at the vacant home used for storage, according to the report, Franklin twice told detectives by phone that she was "too tired" to talk and would call back. When she did not, detectives left a message and were contacted by attorney Elbert Hatchett of Pontiac, who said the 60-year-old singer declined to be interviewed.
During the most recent conversation between police and Hatchett on Thursday, the report said Franklin "was upset with the way this matter was being handled and would not be interviewed."
Franklin's publicist said in a statement last week that the artist and her attorneys have been "cooperative from the very beginning." Neither the publicist nor Hatchett could be reached for comment on the new police report.
Detectives tried interviews with Franklin on Oct. 25, Dec. 9, Dec. 10, and on Thursday, according to the police document. Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor James Halushka said Franklin is not a suspect.
Authorities have yet to file charges in the fire. An investigation indicated that an accelerant was used to start the fire in three locations on the first floor of the 10,000-square-foot mansion.
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