In the wee hours of the morning on March 6, Grammy award–winning R&B singer D'Angelo was arrested and charged with solicitation for allegedly sexually propositioning an undercover policewoman in New York City's West Village.
Now, D'Angelo, whose real name is Michael Archer, has issued an official statement through his spokesperson, Lindsay Guion, denying the charges.
"We would like his fans and the public at large to know that the 36 year-old has [pled] not guilty -- and is contesting the allegations made against him," Guion said.
"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."
Finding this forum an opportune time to throw in a new music plug, the manager added, "Also know that, he is in good health and extremely excited about his forthcoming new album."
The 'How Does It Feel' singer is said to have offered a New York Police Officer $40 in exchange for oral sex. A police search revealed a stash of $12,000 in cash.
D'Angelo reportedly is recording new music due this summer. The long-awaited comeback effort was scheduled for release via J Records last year.