The mother, who calls herself Reese, told blog radio host Isis Wisdom that the allegations of Pleasure P’s childhood past are true. However, she made it a point to say that the former Pretty Ricky member, born Marcus Cooper, has never harmed her son.
“Marcus never did anything to my child. He loves my son,” Reese said. “I do not know any A. Goldstein (the lawyer allegedly associated with the Internet leak). I’m not familiar with [that] law firm. I have my documents from Andrew L. Sigel that was handling the case for me.”
Reese said the entire incident stems from a background check the Department of Children and Families performed when she was ordered to go to prison for an undisclosed crime. “This particular document here is an order for placement in shelter,” she explained. “And how these papers came about is I was on my way prison and my dad was going to be taking care of my child for me. My father is Joseph Smith (the same person also named on the documents). The next day they came and removed my son from my father’s house. And we didn’t know why. That’s when we found out what [happened] in Marcus’ past. He had a charge dealing with children… a molestation charge, that’s what I was told.”
“I love Marcus,” Reese continued. “I don’t want to mess up anyone’s career. When I got out [of jail], I tried to call and speak with Marcus but I didn’t get an answer. The last time I spoke to Marcus was in 2005, when I had to go pick up his son so I could bring him to the house. So I stopped trying. I just feel terrible. I’m not on either side. My son’s name is in it. I just feel terrible. Whoever put the papers on there, they did something with the papers. They altered that paper. But this paper I have is the real paper.”
As last reported in an interview with Pleasure P, the singer told VIBE that the child molestation charges were maliciously fake. “It’s all lies,” he said adamantly of the leaked paperwork. “[The things] being said about me, I take it very seriously. We will get to the bottom of it.”
The controversy came on the heels of Pleasure P receiving three Grammy nominations for his solo album, The Introduction of Marcus Cooper.–Keith Murphy