Lawsuit seeks Hendrix estate

A man who claims he is the illegitimate son of the late rocker Jimi Hendrix has sued for the right to Hendrix’s estate.

James Sundquist filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court against his alleged grandfather, James (Al) Hendrix.

Sundquist, born in Sweden Oct. 5, 1969, contends a Swedish court legally designated him the guitarist’s son in 1975, despite James Hendrix’s objections.

Sundquist wants a ruling he is entitled to the estate, an accounting of profits from Jimi Hendrix’s music since his death, and unspecified compensatory and punitive damages on allegations of fraud and concealment.

James Hendrix declined comment when an Associated Press reporter reached him by telephone at his home in Seattle, Wash.

Also named as defendants are the musician’s longtime attorney, Leo Branton, his estate executors Kenneth Hagood and Henry Steingarten, and a handful of companies believed to hold the rights to Jimi Hendrix’s works.

Sundquist contends he is the offspring of a Jan. 9, 1969, union between Jimi Hendrix and Eva Sundquist he says took place at the Carlton Hotel in Stockholm while Hendrix was on tour with his band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

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