Two of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s children are suing their brother, accusing him of wrongfully taking money from their parents’ estates.
Bernice King and Martin Luther King III allege that Dexter King took “substantial funds” out of Coretta Scott King’s estate and “wrongfully appropriated” money from their father’s estate.
The suit, filed Thursday in Fulton County Superior Court, serves as a very public fissure in an iconic family that has always professed unity, particularly as questions have swirled around some of their financial dealings.
In a written statement Friday, Dexter King called the suit “inappropriate and false.”
“I’m disappointed that our personal family disagreement, as it relates to the family business, has evolved into being handled in a public legal forum,” he said.
“It is my hope that this inappropriate and false claim by my siblings will be swiftly resolved and we can go about the business of focusing on our parents’ tremendous legacy.”