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The granddaughter of the music legend and civil rights activist criticised Harris for her “hypocrisy” because a Nina Simone song was performed by John Legend during her inauguration, while the descendants of Simone have been deprived of her legacy.

ReAnna Simone Kelly, the granddaughter of iconic American singer Nina Simone, has slammed US Vice President Kamala Harris for “taking away” the rights to Simone’s estate from her family, and giving it “to white people”. She also said the vice president “bullied” her mother, Lisa Simone Kelly, to the verge of suicide.

​In a series of Twitter posts, ReAnna accused Harris, who was California Attorney General at the time, of going after her family and doing everything in order to strip Simone’s descendants of her legacy.

Reacting to those posts, Lisa Simone Kelly posted a video on Saturday, supporting her daughter, smiling at how she “came out blazing” and “started a fire”.

The granddaughter of the music legend was referring to a legal battle between Harris and Lisa Simone Kelly, which was settled back in 2016. The then-attorney general accused Nina Simone’s daughter of “breaching her fiduciary duty” and later made Lisa Simone Kelly relinquish her rights to her mother’s work.

“The Attorney General asserts that [Lisa Simone] Kelly breached her fiduciary duty to the Estate and to the Charitable Trust and wrongfully diverted Estate assets. The Attorney General seeks to surcharge Kelly for amounts totalling $5,937,749.42 plus over $2.5 million in interest, which the Attorney General contends is far more than one-half of the Estate’s value during [Lisa Simone] Kelly’s administration of the Estate”, the settlement read.

It is unclear who is now in charge of the estate.