Following the March 6 arrest of R&B singer-songwriter D’Angelo in New York for soliciting oral sex from an undercover policewoman, his management team says he’s plead not guilty.
A statement released by the artists’ spokesperson says:
“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.”
As last reported by VIBE, the 36-year-old artist who released the critically acclaimed platinum albums Brown Sugar and Voodoo, was cruising the West Village in his Range Rover when he spotted a woman he allegedly thought to be a prostitute. He then allegedly offered money to an undercover officer at about 2:30 a.m.
The Grammy-Award winner was later busted as authorities found $12,000 stashed in his SUV. When VIBE contacted D’Angelo’s manager Lindsay Guion he said of his client, “It’s a legal matter and I can’t comment until we get all the facts.”
D’Angelo has had a turbulent relationship with the law. The “Untitled” star, who has been working on a long-awaited comeback album, was arrested on charges of drunk driving and cocaine and marijuana possession near his hometown of Richmond in January of 2005. D’Angelo later plead guilty to the charges.
In November 2002, a woman claimed that the artist cut her off in a lane leading to a shopping mall and then allegedly cursed and spit on her. When cops showed up to his Richmond home, D’Angelo was reportedly pepper sprayed after resisting arrest. —Keith Murphy