Court rejects claims that BB King is being abused by business manager

The blues guitarist was recently hospitalised in Las Vegas

A lawsuit accusing the business manager of blues legend BB King of financial and welfare abuse has been dismissed by judges.

The Clark County Family Court in Las Vegas has ruled that the musician’s longtime business manager, Laverne Toney, has committed no offence and should remain in legal control of his affairs. King’s children – Karen Williams, Rita Washington and Patty King – claimed that Toney is stealing money and neglecting their father’s medical needs.

“We lost the battle, but we haven’t lost the war,” Williams told reporters, according to Billboard. Toney’s lawyer, Brent Bryson, responded to the accusations, saying, “It’s all about money. Mr. King is no longer able to tour at this particular time so there’s no money coming in. The only way they can get money now is by filing a frivolous type of action.”


BB King has confirmed that he’s receiving “home hospice care” following his recent hospitalisation.

The guitarist and singer was rushed to a hospital in Las Vegas in April, with the reason cited as “the result of dehydration from his Type II diabetes”. Having previously told fans that he was “feeling much better”, King has now issued an update regarding his health.

“I am in home hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas,” King says in a statement posted to his official Facebook page. “Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers.”

Last year, King was forced to cancel a number of performances after suffering a fall onstage at a show. The 89-year-old pulled out of eight gigs in total during October 2014, including two dates at his own BB King Blues Club in Times Square, New York. The causes were cited at the time as “dehydration” and “exhaustion”.

In April 2014, the guitarist issued an apology for an erratic performance at the Peabody Opera House in St Louis, which was attributed to a missed a dose of his prescribed medication. “Simply put, it was a bad night for one of America’s living blues legends and Mr King apologises and humbly asks for the understanding of his fans,” wrote a representative of King in a statement.

King has been recording music and performing live since the late 1940s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.