This is NOT funny, but it’s weird. According to the New York Post, a Manhattan man named Denzel Washington pleaded not guilty last week for strangling his own mother, whose name is —Aretha Franklin. (She didn’t die, so you CAN chuckle a little…)
The altercation happened inside the mom’s apartment in a doorman building on West 93rd Street, according to the Manhattan criminal complaint.
“I am informed by Aretha Franklin,” the complaint says, “that she observed the defendant place his hands around her neck and apply pressure, thereby causing redness, bruising and substantial pain to her neck.”
The “American Gangster” star’s namesake copped a plea to harassment as a violation and was sentenced to a conditional discharge and an anger management program.
In yet another odd coincidence, Denzel the actor, 61, is actually a close pal of Aretha’s. He was on hand to celebrate her 72nd birthday at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in 2014. (See pic.)