Judge to Rule on Whether Dude Is Sherman Hemsley's Half-Brother
Hair Balls would've never guessed there'd be drama over the estate of the late Jeffersons star Sherman Hemsley, whose soul went to the de-luxe apartment in the sky last July. But that's just what happened: Although Hemsley, who lived in El Paso for the last 20 years, left everything to his friend Flora Enchinton, a dude from Philly -- where Hemsley was born -- swooped in at the last minute and claimed to be Hemsley's half-brother.
Today, an El Paso probate court judge is expected to review the results of the DNA test.
The 71-year-old Thornton's last-minute, soap opera-esque announcement has kept Hemsley's body from being laid to rest, causing a rift among the late actor's relatives and friends.
According to the El Paso Times, Thornton has said that "his uncle's father, William Thornton, was a 'lover' of Hemsley's mother, but was with another woman by the time Hemsely was born."
"It was family knowledge that he was Sherman's father," Thornton said of William Thornton.
Enchinton told KVIA news that "I just want this to be over....This has been so hard for me, you have no idea."
We have no idea what to think. Squabbles like this aren't unheard of in cases where the estate is worth a fortune -- a la Anna Nicole Smith -- but Hemsley's estate is said to be "worth a little more than $50,000," which is not exactly a king's ransom.
On the other hand, is this the first time Thornton ever spoke up about his alleged relation to the late actor? Seems kind of weird to swoop in like this, if he wasn't a part of Hemsley's life for ages. We have a feeling that, if George Jefferson were around, he'd not-so-kindly show Thornton the door.
We're curious about how this plays out, and we'll keep you posted.
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