Argument Over Aretha Franklin Biopic Actress Leads To Shooting

Suffolk, VA – Two men in a Virginia barbershop got into a heated argument over whether Halle Berry would play Aretha Franklin in a biopic. According to WKTR, police said the fight turned into a physical altercation.

Before the Queen of Soul’s August 16 death, she’d expressed interest in having Berry play her in a biopic based on Franklin’s memoir, Aretha: From These Roots. But Berry confessed she couldn’t sing and wouldn’t do the role justice. Singer Jennifer Hudson was eyed for the role instead.

The debate evidently led to the incident. During the melee, 44-year-old Michael Jermell Hatton, produced a firearm and shot Tony Jonathan Lundy, 47, at least once outside of the shop.

People inside a nearby business heard four to five shots.

Lundy is reportedly in critical condition at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Hatton was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital. He was eventually transported to the Western Tidewater Regional Jail, where he remains held without bond.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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