Man Thinks Famous Singer Is Dad, Siblings Say He’s After Royalties (Full Episode) | Paternity Court

Please be seated. Hello, Your Honor. Hello. This is a case of
Yarlborough/Jones v. Triplett.
Thank you Jerome.
Good day everyone. AUDIENCE: Good day. JUDGE LAKE: Ms. Yarlborough,
you were here previously in this very
courtroom to prove that the late Chi-Lites’
member, Creadel Jones, was your biological father and that Michael Jones is your brother. The results from
that case prove that Creadel Jones is your father. Now, you and Mr. Jones stand united
together to protect your father’s legacy
and musical estate by proving that Mr. Triplett is not your sibling. JUDGE LAKE:
Mr. Triplett, you state… Yes, Your Honor. …you’ve always known that
Mr. Creadel Jones is your father and
you hope that once the DNA results are revealed Ms. Yarlborough and Mr. Jones will welcome you
with open arms. Yes, Your Honor. So Mr. Jones, tell me,
why do you doubt Mr. Triplett is your brother? MR. JONES: He claims that he’s
like, two weeks older than me. As far as my life, I know
my mother and father was always together. From 1964 to 1974. We went on trips together. My father was there,
my mother was there. I’d never even
heard of Mr. Triplett. Plus, uh, my dad signed his
name on my birth certificate, as well as my brother Irving’s
birth certificate. JUDGE LAKE: So you’re
saying growing up you never ever had
any idea there was… This man would be two
weeks older than you? Right. JUDGE LAKE: You grew
up thinking you were the oldest child? Yes. For 50 years. Fifty years? Fifty years, I’m… You’re saying your father
signed your birth certificate? Yes. Do you have evidence of that? Yes I do, Your Honor. Jerome, may I see that please? Thank you. So this is
your birth certificate and your brother’s.
Both of which list Creadel A. Jones as father. MR. TRIPLETT: Yes. JUDGE LAKE: So, Mr. Triplett, is Mr. Jones on your
birth certificate? MR. TRIPLETT: No, he isn’t. He is not? No. I’ve always been told that Creadel was the only
father that I’ve ever had. JUDGE LAKE: Your entire life? MR. TRIPLETT: My entire life. And you were told you
had brothers and sisters? Yes. Yes. So, Mr. Jones, I mean
let’s be clear, he is a music legend.Incredible contributions
to the music industry.
You were told that
you were his child?
I’ve only met him twice.
The first memory of
meeting him, I was maybe eight or nine. He pulled up in a car and he kinda patted me on the head
and handed me $100 and went up to
talk with my mom. And I left. Um, then the other
occasion was uh, he came but this time my
relatives were there and he uh, spoke with my relatives.
They knew him and I guess these
other gentlemen. I didn’t
know who they were. And I was able to recognize
from the first time that I met him, that
that was the guy that my mom pointed out
to me was my father. You knew,
“This is the man that “I was told was my father?” Yes. Did you have a conversation? Not at all. No. And if he’s just two
weeks older than you and you’ve never heard… I’ve never heard of him. Never heard of him. Mr. Triplett or his mother. And your parents were married? Yes, they were married. Did your mother ever say anything about your father potentially
having another son? No. So, Ms. Yarlborough, you once stood in this
very same position as Mr. Triplett. MS. YARLBOROUGH: Right. Mmm-hmm. And your paternity
was doubted, and it was proven
in this courtroom that
you are, in fact, Creadel Jones’
biological daughter. Did you ever hear that in addition to yourself,
there were other children? I mean, the only ones
that I’ve heard of were Mr. Jones and his brother, and Koby when I got here but I’ve never heard of him. I don’t know where
he comes from. We just been through this
and now here we are again. You know, somebody claiming
that they’re, you know, a wife or whatever and I mean, if you are,
that’s fine. Maybe you think it’s a lot of
money here. I don’t know. You think this is about money? You think… I do. And I’m upset because, I mean, I hear this,
I hear everybody telling me what they had and the experience that
they had with him. The only memory
I have of my father… I mean, my mother told me
that when we were kids and growing,
he was in the house. He was there when
I was born. He took care of
me and my sister. When he went on the road
he sent my mom
money for us. And my older sisters and
older cousins have memory of him
but I don’t. My only memory of himwas at 11 years oldwhen he came to visit
me and my sister.
That’s it.I would rather have…(SNIFFLES)
I would rather have had a memory of him, I mean… I would… I want to know
what his voice sounds like. I couldn’t care less
about royalty rights, I want to know what his
favorite color is. I want… I want a father and
I don’t know who he is or
what he’s claiming but it’s just like,
maybe he saw us on the last show
so that’s my… That’s what I’m thinking. And now he think that
there’s a lot of royalties here and he
want in. I mean… You’re correct.
It was the last show, you’re right, um, that led me to this show so that I can find out
if he’s my father. It’s not about money.
I don’t need the money. Not at all.
I just want to know if he’s my father. To me,
we all look like our dad. But, you’re… To me there’s
no resemblance there. MR. TRIPLETT: That picture
there was shown to meand everybody that I knowalways said that
I look like him, so…
JUDGE LAKE:Who’s told
you that over the years?
My family.Your family? Yeah. And so after witnessing their appearance
in this courtroom previously… TRIPLETT: Mmm-hmm. …you felt it was important
to get the answers you needed as well? Right. Also most of
my family have, uh, they died of cancer. And so, the issue for me
was also for health
reasons as well. And so… MR. JONES: That ain’t
what I got though. So, I’m saying
what I see now… Okay. …there’s no resemblance.
There couldn’t be. Okay, Okay.
Time will tell. Yeah, it will. JUDGE LAKE: Your father has an incredible legacy. It would not be unheard of for people to just
want to attach themselves to it. But if this is what
he’s been told… He didn’t just come up
with Creadel Jones out of the wind. Exactly. Well, I mean,
he has the evidence that shows the royalties. And even all… It lists
all the siblings, all of our father’s estate.
Even the possible ones. So this evidence
shows what, Mr. Jones? That evidence shows that
my name, Angela’s name, and my brother, Irving,
we are the rightful heirs. JUDGE LAKE: So the heirs… MR. JONES:That have been
proven to be the children
of Creadel Jones.
This evidence, you’re
saying does not list Mr. Triplett’s name anywhere? Correct. Not even as a possible heir? MR. JONES: Not
even as a possible… It’s making me think like, he’s coming out
of the woodworks like anyone would if they
knew it’s about some money. Since you believe
this is about money, I have an expert.
Mr. Fred Buggs from WBLS in New York. Hello, Mr. Buggs.
Thank you for joining us.Well, Judge Lake, how are you?We are here on another
paternity matter connected to the legendary Creadel Jones of
the Chi-Lites. We want to understand
the value of this estate. Can you shed light
on that for us? Sure can. You had
a couple of great stand-up singing groups
during the 70s. Temptations, Four Tops,
Chi-Lites out of Chicago.Bunch of number one songs
on the R&B charts.
With the amount of samplingthat has been done
throughout the years,
the publishing has got to be well, well into the
millions by now. JUDGE LAKE:
And so you feel like this is commonplace
for there to be a fight over royalties and that fight would
often include siblings, offspring that may not have been recognized earlier. You know, in these cases, we think about the 70s and we speak safe sex now but during the 70s there was a lot of free-spirited activities taking
place then so, uh, now we are finding, there are more family members than initially
reported at the time. Well said. Thank you so much Mr. Buggs for joining us. Thank you much, and all
the best to the families. JUDGE LAKE: So what
his expert testimony confirmed is that… First of all, the situation you find yourselves
in at this time is not something we
have never seen before. I mean, it’s been told
that he has about 32 kids,
which I don’t know if that is so or not. Thirty-two? Thirty-two. AUDIENCE: Wow. JUDGE LAKE: I’ve another
independent witness I’d like to hear from. Jerome, would you please
escort Mr. Jones into the courtroom? Yes ma’am. Mr. Jones, thank you
for joining us today. IRVING JONES: Thank you
for having me. We’re here, of course discussing the paternity as it
relates to Mr. Triplett. We have established that Creadel Jones, is in fact
listed as father on your birth certificate? Correct. Do you or do you not
believe Mr. Triplett could possibly be
yet another sibling? I believe it’s a possibility. You do? I do. Please explain to
the court, why. I haven’t seen
my dad, our dad, since I was
three years old, 1972.I ran across an ad
at work one day
featuring one of the
Chi-Lites members.
I looked at that, in that
magazine, read the article and thought
about Dad. I wondered,
“Was he still alive?” I sent an email to
their PR agency, um, telling them who I was
and that I hadn’t
seen my father and that I wanted to find him. She told me she would
forward the email to the proper person. Later that day, I get an
email back telling me she sent the email
to Marshall. Marshall Thompson. And he asked for us, for me,
to send a picture. He wanted to see me. So I took a picture,
snapped it, sent it to him. I get an email back saying
“Today is your lucky day. “Marshall wants you
to call him.” He saw the picture. Evidently, he saw the face. (CHUCKLING) And, it’s possible
you know so, I called him after
I talked to my mom. Nobody, in my family knew
I was even looking for Dad. I didn’t tell Michael. I didn’t tell my mom. I didn’t tell nobody. I wanted to go find
him, you know. So, once I called Marshall, I told him who I was. He asked me, was I…
Was Barbara my mother? I said “No, my mama’s Ruby.” And he said, “Oh, Ruby. I remember!” Came back to his head. But that’s the first time
I heard the name Barbara. And I found out Barbara, was his mother. AUDIENCE: Ooh. So that’s why I believe
it is a possibility. JUDGE LAKE: I see. Because Marshall
connected the dots. For me, at the time I didn’t
know about him, I didn’t even think about a kid.
Didn’t know if there was any
other kid, period. I just knew the three that
he had with my mom. But to this day, after learning about her
and this case, I believe it is a possibility. JUDGE LAKE: So, Mr. Jones, in light of the testimony we’ve
all just heard. Does this change
your mind at all? No. It doesn’t? No. Why? He don’t look like me. So you’re basing this on… I’m going by, he look like me, she look
like me, my other sisters and
brothers look like me and we all look like our dad. He has no resemblance. JUDGE LAKE: Your father’s
genes are very strong. MR. JONES: Very strong. How about you,
Ms. Yarlborough?
Does it make you feel differently to hear
this man say that his mother was brought
up to him years ago? Um, a little bit, but that makes me
doubt the motives of the person that
gave the story. And, and I don’t believe that he cheated on my mother
’cause they were together. Oh, come on man, you… I’m not gonna believe that. I’m not gonna believe that. JUDGE LAKE: I will not speak poorly about the deceased nor will I say that I have
first-hand information. But what we do know as a music legendthat there were, of course,many opportunities and accessto probably many
different women that would have been
interested in dating him and sharing his time. I understand that. And so as I listen to
Mr. Triplett’s story what I find fascinating is that he was told that
this was his father but he had no real contact
or connection with him. He didn’t really pursue
the relationship but instead did what a lot
of young people say as they enter my courtroom. They say, “Well if he didn’t
really care enough “to have a relationship
with me, then I just “decided to go on
with my life “and try to do me.” But as he got older he
began to think, well, “I really don’t want
to leave this earth “without knowing
who my father is.” That’s it. “And now that I’m older,
wiser, more experienced, “I can handle the result.” And the sad part is, if Creadel Jones is not his biological father, where else does he turn? He’s never been
given another name. That’s the only man
has ever been told… I was told was my father. The only man. Well, I think we
can move forward by getting the results
and I have them. Jerome? (AUDIENCE CLAPPING) These results were prepared by
DNA Diagnostics and they read as follows. In the case of
Yarlborough/Jones v. Triplett,
pertaining to Torlan Triplett, it has been determined
by this court, Mr. Triplett, Ms. Yarlborough, Mr. Irving Jones and Mr. Michael Jones, you are related. MR. JONES: Oh! MR. JONES:
I apologize, brother. It’s all right, It’s
all right, it’s all right. How you doing sister? Okay, come on down. (AUDIENCE CLAPPING) How you doing, brother?
All right, all right. (MUMBLING) All right, all right man. How do you feel Mr. Jones? (VOICE BREAKING)
Really emotional. Apologetic. MR. TRIPLETT: No need,
there’s no need to apologize. And now I got a,
a big brother. (LAUGHING) JUDGE LAKE: Yes, you do. You been used to being the
big brother all these years? Yup. Now you got one! Yeah. I love that. How about you Ms. Yarlborough? I accept him. I have no, no problem with accepting him.
It is what it is. JUDGE LAKE: Mr. Jones? This means a lot
to you to help bring clarity to this? It does, it does. It’s nice to know that I get to know my father
from their point of view. Um, and I get to know
who he was as a man and not just some
picture on an album cover. But, ultimately
as we talk about your father being
a music legend and part of his
legacy was of course his music and what
he left behind. But I think an even more
important part of his legacy are the people
and the children he left behind. You get to know your father because you all can share the stories and the
information that you have so that you can better
understand who he was. I think it is gonna be one
amazing family reunion when y’all finally plan it. (EVERYONE LAUGHS) And I hope you all
celebrate one another and your father and his legacy. I wish you
all the very best of luck. Court is adjourned.


  • Papa was a rolling stone

  • I don’t know if I’m tripping are not but she mad cause her cut of the money want be as much.. da way da bothers welcome him after the results was way different then how she was

  • Going to listen to the Chi-lites after this. _ its time for love.

  • That was not expert testimony! He couldn't know who owns the royalty rights, nor how many times, the rights had been assigned! They may not be receiving anything!

  • There's nothing better than a happy ending

  • But he looks just like him omg… Even more than her. Shame on her.

  • 32 !?!?!!! Kids???!???! 😮🤣
    The 70s were something else! 🤩

  • That sister needs to sit down somewhere. She obviously forgot how it felt to be denied. You would think she would be the most supportive but she is the worst one. The oldest brother’s reaction is understandable bc no one wants to hear and see that his father was unfaithful but she has no right to have an attitude about a man who was in the same boat she was in. She needs to humble herself. Judge Lake tried to get the sister’s mind right but it didn’t work. She should have called her out for “it is what it is” but I guess the judge was caught up in the positive emotion to address Ms Salty.

  • I hope she read the comments I'm bout to look her up on FB and tell her she wrong grow up

  • I hope that they can all open their hearts and accept their brother. The kids are always innocent situations like this. I speak from personal experience.

  • I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!!??!! To me he looks more like the father than the brother who said he didn't?? The fact that in 2019 we still hold on to naivety that ' my father/mother never cheated… SMH

  • Signing a birth certificate don't mean $hit these days.
    DNA testing over ruled a signed birth certificate.

  • So amazing I wish I could have a clue where to turn to find my dad😭😭😭

  • I wouldnt want them as my family.

  • Mr. Triplett is such a class act. I like how he checked them right out the gate, "this is not about the money…I dont need the money". Sorry but, the rest of them kids look rough.

  • Love it!

  • Credell Jones one of the baddest base singers of all time

  • Maybe the father cheated on his girlfriend and then married the woman he was cheating with.

  • I cried tho it was beautiful until she said it’s whatever. My tears dried up fast 💨

  • 🤣🤣🤣 they were hoping not to have to share the royalties…he probably has more children our there to they better hope no more pop up🤷🏽‍♀️

  • "Papa was a rolling stone"

  • Papa was a rolling stone, wherever he left his hat was his home.

  • Sounds like the family tree is going to blossom with more branches!

  • Nice to see the hugs, apologies and forgiveness and love ❤️.

  • Irving and mr tripplet look similar in a way

  • The sad thing is He just wants to know if it’s his father which he has every right!! It’s sad how their father was out doing what ever and they act like it’s the guys fault.. smh.. people need to grow up. Especially the sister at least the brothers got emotional she acted like the results were wrong?? Smh

  • This brother has a new family and I thank GOD that he is going to know his other family members.

  • Its ashame to treat someone like that when you had to go through your self…but its all for money…

  • That sister need to humble herself. Acting like she wasn't a maybe baby just last year

  • Oooh girl… I be in trouble if you left me now…🤩🤩🤩

  • Aah f*ck these entitled greedy kids of his! Please maan!

  • It had to be hard for Mr. Triplett to listen to what the one brother and sister were saying, and it was wrong the way both treated him but a little more understandable coming from the son whom was the oldest up til that point and who had been raised by his father , but for that sister to stand there with such an attitude, and rejection for Mr Triplett, trying to act as if her father had always raised her knowing good and well that she herself stood in his shoes not too long ago trying to prove herself to be a biological child! She is such a hypocrite! And definitely is NOT a likable person, and does not to seem to be a good hearted person either.
    This show not only proved Mr Triplett was a biological sibling, but also that Mr Triplett is a good man, who was not after just some assets , and cash because if that were the case he could have stepped in decades ago, but he was after the truth, and wanting to know for sure where he came from , and to prove it to the siblings so that he could then get to know them and have a relationship with them and get to know more about his father.
    But the sister showed her true self, and her true colors were shinning brightly watching this – She was there for the money ! Point blank! She never cared about the relationship with any of them , or anything of the sort . She saw dollar signs from the GO!. And it showed the way she acted towards this man , who was standing in the exact same shoes she was in not too long ago. And even after the results were read and the judge ask how she felt- you could not only see it in her face but you could hear the resentment in her voice!
    For someone who had to prove themself this very same way , not too long ago she sure has a sense of entitlement , the fact of how she came into this family herself makes you wonder how she had the audacity to stand there with such resentment, and entitlement? This really showed what kind of person she is.

  • Sad when people are so greedy and cant accept family over money. Smh she kept bringing up money cuz she is worried about it not him freaking ridiculous.

  • Why did this take 17 minutes to resolve

  • What's the attitude for sis it's not all about the money sis

  • WHAT ROYALTIES???? Eugene Record wrote 99.9% of the songs!!! Especially the 3 hits “Letter to Myself”, “Have you seen Her” and “Oh Girl” so she musta not educated herself to it. Plus via the main publishing companies from back in the day BMI/ASCAP you have to receive radio/tv/movie AirPlay to get royalties and that goes to the actual writers of the songs. Eugene Records wrote the majority of the original songs that they didn’t do covers of. But he sometimes wrote with Barbara Aiken. Unless there is some sort of side deal if the group name is used for a reboot that will allow all original members to get compensation, I don’t see it. The Jackson 5 left Motown to be allowed to write as “the corporation “, Freddie Perrin, Smokey And others associated with Motown got the buck off their back. Some groups included all members to spread around the wealth Among all members something Atlantic Starr’s Lewis(David/Wayne) brothers didn’t do which ultimately caused the initial group to break up over $$$. I just went too deep but I don’t see what she’s speaking of unless what tiny amount it is she doesn’t wanna share 😂 😂 😂

  • The sister seems salty. I think she is the one that was in it for the check. Knowing that she was just in this position you would think she would be more understanding and sensitive.

    Happy that he got the result he wanted, he seem so humble……..go get them Royalty checks Mr. Triplet…….lol.

  • Everyone has a right to know who their parents and families are, regardless of the consequences. I'm so glad that the truth was revealed. Everybody knows how these singers & celebrities go from one city, town, country to the next, and nobody but them knows who they've been with but them.

  • Sister sounds and looks like Chaka Khan….hmmmm 🇹🇹

  • They are so mad at this man for wanting to know if this dead man is his father. Every child deserves to know. The lady and her brother are the one that's probably about the money. They know papa was a rolling stone. He didn't seem like be was a good father. He was barely in his kids lives.

  • The brothers do look a like. They don't want to split their fortune. The sister is still bitter and don't want to split the money. The other brother with the braids is so mature and welcoming.

  • I like these ones but the sister looks angry because now her cut of estate shrinks

  • They should start a show "Groupie's Kids "

  • Poppa Was a Rolling Stone.. different group..(The Temptations) but it fits. LOL!

  • the sister is such a hypocrite . so its okay for her to see if thats her dad but when others want to as well they are seeking money? have a seat. she just want to be on tv

  • dont nobody in that court room look like that man. stop lying😂

  • It was okay for her to find out. The truth why shouldn’t he have that same right?

  • This one made me tear up! What a blessing to learn the truth. Best to the family.

  • The sister has a lot of nerves saying he's after royalty's when she was in the same situation.
    How did the brother think his father was not a cheater when his sister had a different mother ?

  • I didn't know Jennifer Hudson would end up on Paternity Court 🤣🤣

  • Him: Glad I now know who my father is.

    Also him: let's talk about how I can collect my royalties lol

  • That man was doing a lot of tipping and dipping. Can I get a witness?😂😂😂😂😂😂 He was Chi-Liting his a🌞🌞 off.

  • What is she(sister ) upset about. …

  • Mr. Jones he doesn't look like you because he(Mr. Tripplet) is handsome please

  • People die with secrets!!!!

  • He look like he got money! He just wanna know if he is his dad period!!!

  • The Jones kids and act funny asf to!!! They don't have to be nasty but they are period! That's awful!!!

  • The sister saying he just want the money well I guess she did to. I love the other brother. After the results she still act soul. I don"t like her.

  • Seems like he had a lot of baby mamas. Sounds like he was never a satisfied man with just one woman! Ewww…

  • My presumed father did the same thing. To the guys out there,don't go chasing women out there or u just might get caught up like this.

  • Sister seems not too happy, which is quite sad seeing she was in the same spot before. How selfish

  • Cant believe they didn't change their thoughts when dude got on the stand. That should've at least raise an eyebrow. Those too siblings were just being selfish.

  • This was good😭😭

  • I thought the brother said he doesn’t look like him, and he still don’t but guess what, he’s your brother and the sister, the family need to keep their eyes on her, she one of those it is what it is type sneaky people and I hope they read all the comments 🤷🏾‍♀️

  • Alot of musicians are known for sleeping around…Why get mad aboit it. Why get mad at him for something he was told as a child. Weather of he was the child of him or not.
    The daughter why would you put him through that when you went through that.
    Sometimes it's not about the money sometimes it's really so they will know.

  • I'm so glad the results turned in Mr Triplet's favour, as he now has confirmation of his paternal family line, but was also such a lovely, cool guy that anyone would want him for a bother. R.

  • Mr triplet look like him

  • The sister is more worried abt the money. Mr Tripplet didnt meantion the money not once so who's really the hungry one. Hmmm…

  • Wow!!!
    U can now have ,a happy reunion on your father's legacy.

  • She forgot she was in that seat before..talking about it is what it is..

  • She forgot she was in that seat before..talking about it is what it is..

  • Michael just mad cause he's not the oldest now🤣🤣🤣 Get over it!!! He's your big brother and your daddy cheated on your momma🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • I'm happy that he was able to confirm who his father was.

  • That's Almost as Bad as tha Johnny Taylor Situation the Siblings Fought so much that when it was all over all tha money was owed to tha Lawyers! They Fought tha 1 Brother Because of Greed & ended up with nothing. SMDH

  • Dont know if hes related or not but to me, he does look like him. Why should she care? She herself just got in the loop! Just like she wanted to know, why wouldn't/shouldn't he?

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