George Clinton, the mastermind behind P-funk groups Parliament and Funkadelic, has filed from divorce from his wife of 22 years, Stephanie Lynn Clinton.
According to divorce documents filed in a Florida court and obtained by TMZ, Clinton and his wife were married in Toledo, Ohio, in 1990. Over the two decades of their marriage, the two “have experienced long term separation” and said the “marriage is irretriviably broken.”
The couple have no children together and, according to the court documents, share no bank accounts or property.
2013 did not start off well for Clinton. Last month, the funk legend was forced to hand over the copyrights to four of his songs in order to pay off over $1 million he owed to former lawyers. Hendricks & Lewis law firm, who worked for Clinton from 2005 to 2008, won a $1.5 million lawsuit against him in 2010 after claiming that he failed to pay their fees.
The firm later claimed that Clinton only paid $340,000, and a federal judge ordered that he hand over the copyrights to four of his songs in lieu of payment. The four songs were: “Hardcore Jollies,” “The Electric Spanking of War Babies,” “Uncle Jam Wants You,” and “One Nation Under a Groove.” The firm can now sell or use those songs however it wants.
In 2010, a shooting after one of Clinton’s concerts in Cleveland, Ohio, left one person dead and three others wounded. A 16-year-old was killed and a 14, 20, and 23-year-old were injured. Police were puzzled by the shooting since, stating, “George Clinton and the other bands are basically from back in the 80s, that’s when they were at the height of their popularity. It’s not like it was a Lil Wayne concert or something when you have a bunch of 16, 17, 18-year-olds.”