Grammy award winning R&B singer D’Angelo was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly soliciting a police officer for sex. D’Angelo, whose real name is Michael Archer, had been driving through the city alone that evening with $12,000 in cash when he propositioned the woman.
According to the New York Post, the 36 year-old artist offered the female police officer $40 for oral copulation. He was immediately apprehended and charged with solicitation, the sources told New York Post.
This is not the first time that D’Angelo has been in trouble with the law. Over the last five years the singer has been arrested and charged with a slew of offenses as well as admitted to drug addiction including marijuana and cocaine.
D’Angelo is currently working on a follow up studio album to Voodoo, which was released in 2000. James River, the tentative name of the forthcoming album does not have a release date and has experienced countless delays because of his prior legal woes. No comments have been made to the public at this time by his management.
UPDATE: D’Angelo’s management, Lindsay Guion released a statement to the public regarding this weekend’s arrest. Guion alleges that reports are merely speculation as to what happened. “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,” Guion wrote.
From that album, DX had premiered “1000 Deaths” last month.