The Godfather of Soul was charged with domestic violence in 2004 after he pushed his wife, Tomi Rae Brown, to the floor. Investigators reported that Tomi was covered with scratches and bruises on her right arm and hip. After his arrest, James said, â€œI would never hurt my wife. I love her very much.â€ He pleaded no contest, but served no jail time. However, James had to forfeit his $1,087 bond for restitution.