R&B singer [artist id="5303"]D'Angelo[/artist] (real name: Michael Archer) was arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute Saturday in New York, a police spokesperson confirmed to MTV News on Sunday (March 7). While the spokesperson declined to provide further details, according to The New York Post, the singer allegedly offered an undercover policewoman $40 for oral sex.
D'Angelo was driving alone in his Range Rover at Greenwich and Horatio streets at about 2:30 a.m. when he saw a woman he believed to be a prostitute, unnamed sources told the Post. He was arrested and charged with solicitation after asking the woman for sex, according to the sources, who added that the singer had $12,000 in his car.
A rep for the singer had not responded to MTV News' requests for comment at press time.
Powered by his 1995 Brown Sugar debut LP, D'Angelo was one of the leading lights of R&B during the 1990s, but he has released little music since his 2000 sophomore effort, Voodoo.
He has been plagued by legal troubles in the years since. In 2002, he allegedly resisted arrest when police went to his suburban Richmond, Virginia, home to serve a warrant for misdemeanor charges of aggressive driving and other counts. In 2005, he pleaded guilty to charges of marijuana possession and driving under the influence and was fined $250 and given a 90-day suspended jail term for the DUI conviction, and his driver's license was suspended for one year. In 2007, he received suspended jail sentences after pleading guilty to charges of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. A Virginia judge revoked his license for 13 and a half months and fined him $1,250, with additional penalties suspended. He also was injured in a car accident in 2005.