It is surely irresponsible to insert significant, fictitious incidents into movies marketed as true stories. Besides which, James Brown's life story was about as dramatic as they come. If you can't turn that into a compelling movie without inventing non-existent shotgun fire, nobody's life story is safe.
A new movie focuses on Mr. Brown's rise to the top of the music mountain. It does not focus on Mr. Brown's legal problems, of which there were many. I was one of Mr. Brown's lawyers for the last sixteen years of his life, and I handled some of those problems. How I became his lawyer is a story in itself.