Please P, former member of R&B group Pretty Ricky, has released a statement regarding recent child molestation accusations, which arose after purported court documents regarding the matter.
“All of the recent rumors and accusations that are being circulated about me are 100% false,” wrote P via his site, PleasurePMusic.com on Thursday (December 3). “They are disgusting and vile; and they are being spread by individuals with their own sick agendas. The purported documents that are also being circulated are forgeries. I have never met or known anyone by the name of “AGoldstein” or Laura Goldstein or Ashley Goldstein, which I believe are fictitious names. I have never been represented by an attorney named Goldstein. For someone to go to such depths to assassinate my character and slander my good name is truly criminal. My attorneys are investigating this matter and will take all necessary and appropriate action to protect my name and reputation.“
Pleasure P‘s statement came in response to a woman named Laura Goldstein, whose Twitter posts (user name @AGoldsteinGirl) and photos of court documents attempted to implicate the singer in the molestation of a 3-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl.
Goldstein claimed Pleasure P hired her father to seal the records, and prevent members of Pretty Ricky from speaking on the matter, and that P never paid for the legal services.
“My dad was being paid to cover it up, but they owe my dad a lot of money and now they don’t want to pay him,” Tweeted Goldstein. “I first overheard my dad say that it was someone famous, but I found out who he was talking about. This guy Pleasure P got kicked out of a group because he was hiding that he was a child molester … His managers or whatever hired my dad to keep it quiet, so he could get a record deal.”
Pretty Ricky released a statement confirming that Pleasure P was indeed kicked out of the group, and that they could not comment on rumors. “Unfortunately due to Pleasure P‘s lawyer filing an injunction against us from speaking, we are not at liberty to speak about the case,” the group said on their website. “However we will let it be known that we did kick him out of the group, he did not leave on his own free will.“
Further complicating matters, an anonymous source close to the familiy sent a letter that has since been removed to gossip blog NecoleBitchie.com, elaborating on the matter.
“When he was 16 going on 17, he was left alone with his niece and nephew with whom he touched and penetrated with fingers on several occasions. His aunt noticed his niece complaining of her genital area hurting, when asked what happened she replied ‘Uncle Marcus keeps touching me and he hurt me’. Of course Marcus (Pleasure P) denied the allegations, but the doctor found signs that she had vaginal damage and tearing. Charges were then pursued by the State of Florida,” explained the letter.
“The incident happened in 2004 going into 2005. He served like 8 months rehab and community service by time the trial came up. Marcus accepted a plea with the State of Florida and Joseph Smith, who is the caregiver of the niece and nephew which Marcus ‘Pleasure P’ Cooper molested. (sic) These are not the only papers filed against him. These are the first of 3. As part of the plea agreement Marcus plead guilty and paid an ‘undisclosed amount’ to remain free and have the records ‘sealed’ and on the family level for them to remain quiet and not to speak publicly about it.“
More on this story as it develops.