Inmate Claims to Be Prince's Son, Requests DNA Test
Prince’s estate has received their first paternity claim from a Colorado prison inmate who says the is singer is his biological father.
Inmate Carlin Q. Williams, 39, filed papers in Carver County District Court in Chaska, Minnesota alleging that the “Purple Rain” singer is his father.
In the affidavit, Williams’ mother, Marsha Henson, claims she met the musician in the lobby of a Kansas City hotel in July 1976 and had unprotected sex with Prince later that night. She said she did not have sex with anyone six weeks prior to Prince nor did she have sex until she gave birth in April 1977.
At the time of the alleged incident, Prince would have been 18 years old -- two years shy of releasing his landmark debut, For You.
The judge in the case has ordered a DNA test to determine if Williams is the late singer’s son.
Williams is currently serving 92 months in a Colorado federal prison for possession of a firearm by a felon.
Prince, who has one biological sister and five half-siblings, is estimated to be worth $300 million. The business-savvy musician did not leave a will prior to his passing on April 21, leaving his fortune to go to his siblings.
However, Williams is claiming he is next of kin and is entitled to some of the money.
Williams, a Kansas City native, is also a musician and goes under the name “Prince Dracula.”
On Williams’ music profile on Reverbnation, he wrote: “I Am Prince (rodger nelson) aka Prince The Singer's Son.”
In the profile, Williams spelled Prince’s full name wrong, which is Prince Rogers Nelson.
The judge overseeing the estate case has given creditors four months to file any claims they may be related to the “1999” singer.
Patrick Cousins, a Florida attorney who once worked with Prince is representing Williams. Cousins has not commented on the paternity claim.
Prince passed away last month and was discovered in an elevator inside his Paisley Park compound outside Minneapolis. The 57-year-old’s cause of death has not been determined.