Lawyer wants reporter to reveal details in James Brown case

James Brown and his wife, Tomi Rae Hynie, are shown at a Camp Happy Days fundraiser on Daniel Island in this 2005 file photo. A South Carolina judge has ruled that Hynie was legally married to Brown when he died in 2006. FILE/Alan Hawes/Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A reporter covering the fight over James Brown’s estate has been ordered to appear in court and talk about how she obtained a diary from a woman who says she was married to the soul singer when he died.

A judge issued a restraining order Friday telling journalist Sue Summer to not publish anything from the diary, which she was sent anonymously. But the order came several hours after Summer posted Tomi Ray Hynie’s writings on her Facebook page.

In a letter to Summer’s attorney, Hynie’s lawyer Robert Rosen said the diary is under a gag order. Rosen says they are the writings of someone in distress and to publish them would be morally wrong.

Last week, a judge ruled Hynie was legally married to Brown when he died in 2006.