R&B singer D’Angelo has reportedly pleaded guilty for his role in a sexual solicitation charge dating back to a March 2010 arrest.
Details on his plea emerged online over the weekend.
D’Angelo wrapped up a prostitution case Friday by pleading guilty to disorderly conduct, ending one of the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer’s series of run-ins with the law since his heyday a decade ago. D’Angelo, 37, said nothing as he left a Manhattan courthouse and hastened to a black SUV. Disorderly conduct is a violation, not a crime. In the New York case, prosecutors said he satisfied conditions they declined to specify; his lawyer, Stacey Richman, declined to comment. (Billboard)
Last year, D’Angelo manager Lindsay Guion addressed the reports.
“We know there is a lot of speculation in regard to the arrest of D’Angelo in New York City this past weekend. We would like his fans and the public at large to know that D’Angelo has pled not guilty — and is contesting the allegations made against him. Also know that, he is in good health and extremely excited about his forthcoming new album. D’Angelo would like to personally thank all of his fans for the outpouring of concern, and appreciates if all would allow the American justice system to resolve the matter before jumping to any conclusions.” (Statement)
Initial reports stated the R&B veteran was busted in New York City.
Grammy Award-winning R&B singer D’Angelo was arrested early yesterday after allegedly offering an undercover policewoman $40 for oral sex while cruising alone through the West Village — with $12,000 stashed in his SUV. D’Angelo, 36, whose real name is Michael Archer, was in his top-of-the-line Range Rover at Greenwich and Horatio streets at about 2:30 a.m. when he spotted a woman he took to be a prostitute, sources said. He was arrested and charged with solicitation after asking the woman for sex, the sources said. His manager declined to comment. (New York Post)
He was previously arrested on a drug possession charge in 2005.
This isn’t the first time he’s been embarrassingly arrested, of course: In 2005, five years after his classic sophomore album Voodoo was released, he was detained on drug-possession and drunk-driving charges in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. (National Ledger)