Now, this is a story we definitely weren’t prepared for today.
Denzel Washington, a 20-year-old man in Manhattan, strangled his mother…who happens to be a 52-year-old woman named Aretha Franklin.
Neither have any relation or familiarity with their namesakes.
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 another odd coincidence, Denzel the actor, 61, who is currently starring in a remake of the 1960 gunslinger classic “The Magnificent Seven,” is a close pal of the Queen of Soul.
He even helped ring in her 72nd birthday at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in 2014.
Denzel from Manhattan, meanwhile, has another open case for trespassing at his mom’s building.
The victim, 52, does not appear to be related to her soul-legend namesake, who’s won more than a dozen Grammy Awards.
You certainly didn’t think that Denzel Washington would EVER lay hands on the Queen of Soul — did you? :)