“There’s been so much going on around [Houston], around the service, around the drugs, around her and Bobby [Brown] supposed to be fighting, I didn’t want to add anything to that and I didn’t want to be a part of that,” said Franklin, who is still miffed by Warwick’s remarks.

Revealing that she subsequently ran into the “Say A Little Prayer” singer at a music industry event, she reveals that Warwick “said, ‘Give me a hug.’ I said, ‘Oh hell no. You couldn’t be serious.'”

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Franklin feels the damage she’s suffered can’t be remedied by a mere apology. “I don’t care about her apology,” she said, “at this point it isn’t about an apology, it’s about libel.”

Added Franklin: “We’ve never been friends and I don’t think that Dionne has ever liked me.”

Reached for comment, a rep for Warwick said: “She will not dignify a response to the statement made by Aretha Franklin.”

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