Soul legend Aretha Franklin Tuesday (Feb. 16) disputed an
article in the Detroit Free Press that claimed she has
consistently refused to pay bills -- including those sent by florists,
accountants, songwriters and tax collectors. "No one is owed anything
today," Franklin said in a statement issued by her publicist. The
report in Monday's Free Press said Franklin has been sued 30
times since 1988 for nonpayment of bills despite having earned
millions of dollars over the years from her music.