SOUL SURVIVOR!

But the jury does find that Lisa Agbalaya-Ross had been unlawfully dismissed by the soul singer's company...

A Californian court has cleared the GODFATHER OF SOUL JAMES BROWN of sexually harassing a former employee.

Lisa Agbalaya-Ross, who worked for The New James Brown Enterprises for seven years through the 90s, was claiming $2m (£1.37m) for wrongful termination and sexual harassment.

Brown’s lawyer, Debra Opri, said she was delighted the jury threw out the “frivolous lawsuit” from a “disgruntled employee”.

In the trial, which began last week, she alleged that Mr Brown sacked her after she spurned his numerous advances, including one in August 1999 at the singer’s home. She claimed Brown habitually smoked marijuana and offered her his “bull’s testicles”.

Leaving court she was unrepentant. “I know what James Brown did and he knows what he did – and that’s what’s important,” she said.

The jury did find that Agbalaya-Ross had been unlawfully dismissed.

The level of damages against Brown will be decided this week. Brown”s team are set to appeal.

Brown was not in court to hear the result. Instead he got a phone-call from Opri saying, “Godfather, congratulations sir. God bless you, sir. You were right.”