Mother Of Daunte Wright's Son Sues His Family And Ben Crump Over GoFundMe Proceeds

Chyna Whitaker, who shares a son, Daunte Jr., with Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old man who was fatally shot in a traffic stop by former Minnesota officer Kim Potter, filed a lawsuit Monday against several people, including Wright's Parents, attorney Ben Crump and his law firm, reports CBS News.
In the lawsuit, Whitaker alleges that her son did not receive a penny of money raised through GoFundMe donations.
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Whitaker also alleges that Crump, who acted as her legal counsel, assured her that the money donated to a GoFundMe fundraiser established after Wright's death (the Daunte Wright Sr. Memorial Fund) would be split evenly between Wright's family and her son would be divided.
The lawsuit alleges that of the $1,039,260 raised through the fund, "not a penny was given to the plaintiff on behalf of Daunte Jr." Instead, it went to Wright's parents, Arbuey Wright and Katie Bryant, the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit alleges that Crump personally "assured" Whitaker that Daunte Jr. would receive a portion of the funds -- a portion equal to that of his grandparents. Because of that promise, she did not hold a separate fundraiser for Daunte Jr.
It also notes that the Daunte Wright Memorial Fund uses Crump's law firm for address, legal and criminal records.
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Whitaker says Crump and Wright's parents have "all turned their backs" on her and their son. She believes the group committed fraud and misrepresentation.
She is seeking the following: an amount "exceeding $500,000," a "full and complete settlement" of accounts related to fundraisers, attorneys' fees, costs, expenses, and any other relief deemed appropriate by the court.
According to CBS News, Crump's law firm issued a statement Monday on the matter, stating that the firm was not involved in the matter.
"This is strictly a family dispute between the mother of Daunte Wright's child and Daunte's parents who set up the GoFundMe account in question," it said. "Ben Crump Law never handled or controlled the money from this GoFundMe account, which was under the sole control of Daunte's parents. Ben Crump Law benefited from none of the funds raised and we did not accept any fee in this case. Our hearts are always with the family and we pray they can find a solution.”
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Wright was killed on April 11, 2021, Law and Crime reports.
Almost a year after his murder, a jury ruled that Kimberly Potter was guilty of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter.
Potter was sentenced to 24 months in prison - 16 of those months he spent behind bars and the rest on supervised release.
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