Denzel Washington takes plea deal in strangling of mother Aretha Franklin

- A Manhattan man named Denzel Washington took a plea deal Wednesday for strangling his mom — whose name is, wait for it, Aretha Franklin.

The altercation happened inside the mom’s apartment in a doorman building on West 93rd Street, according to the Manhattan criminal complaint.

“I am informed by Aretha Franklin,” the complaint says, “that she observed the defendant place his hands around her neck and apply pressure, thereby causing redness, bruising and substantial pain to her neck.”

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