James Brown and his wife will likely have a second wedding if she's able to annul her previous marriage, his lawyer said.
Tomi Rae Brown has said she was asked to leave Brown's tour of Australia because of claims she was still married to Javed Ahmed of Pakistan when she wed Brown, widely known as the Godfather of Soul.
She says the marriage lasted three days and was "done under the pretense of a man trying to stay in the country." She filed a formal petition for annulment in December and has a hearing later this month.
Brown, 70, filed for an annulment from Tomi Rae, his wife of three years, after he was charged with criminal domestic violence in January. He was arrested at the couple's Beech Island home.
"The hope is once she gets the annulment from Mr. Ahmed finalized, we will be able to do the annulment in Aiken County very swiftly, then it's my impression the parties would be able to enter into a marriage without these entanglements," Jim Huff, Brown's lawyer, said Wednesday.
Earlier in the week, Tomi Rae told The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle from Australia that the January booking photograph of the normally stylish Brown could've been avoided.
She criticized police for taking a mug shot of her husband while his hair was messed up. The mug shot got a lot of publicity. She said she had tried to give the police a comb as they were taking her husband away.
She said the couple had been through a tough weekend without electricity following an ice storm that left thousands across South Carolina without power.