D’Angelo Enters Guilty Plea for Prostitution Bust
D'Angelo is looking to put his prostitution bust behind him. The singer pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in a New York City courtroom on Friday. According to the Associated Press, prosecutors noted that the 37-year-old "satisfied conditions" brought on by the violation, but declined to elaborate further.
As previously reported, the Grammy winner was arrested in March of last year for attempting to solicit oral sex from an undercover cop, who he thought was a prostitute. D'Angelo, born Michael Eugene Archer, apparently forked over $40 for the cop's services, before he was busted in New York City's West Village. At the time of his arrest, the 'Brown Sugar' singer was driving alone in a Range Rover and was found to be in possession of $12,000 in cash. He was booked on a single count of patronizing a prostitute in the third degree, before being released.
"We know there is a lot of speculation in regard to the arrest of D'Angelo in New York City this past weekend," his manager Lindsay Guion said in a statement following the incident. "He is contesting the allegations made against him ... 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."
Since the act is considered a violation versus a crime, it is unclear what kind of punishment he will receive. D'Angelo has yet to release a statement on the case.