There’s an effort in the nation of Barbados to seek reparations from the descendants of slave owners, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s family could find themselves paying up.
They owned a sugar plantation from 1728 until slavery was abolished in Barbados in 1834. It reportedly enslaved some 250 people and became the foundation of the Cumberbatch family fortune.
Benedict has actually admitted this before, and even said his guilt caused him to take his role in “12 Years a Slave”.
The family has yet to be formally asked to cough up any cash.
Speaking of . . . the new episode of the PBS show “Finding Your Roots” airs today, and features Edward Norton discovering that his ancestors owned slaves.