Grammy award–winning R&B singer D'Angelo was arrested early Saturday and charged with solicitation for allegedly sexually propositioning an undercover policewoman in New York City's West Village.
According to published reports, D'Angelo, 36, whose real name is Michael Archer, was cruising through lower Manhattan solo in a late model top-of-the-line Range Rover at around 2:30 a.m., when he spotted an undercover NYPD female officer whom he mistook for a prostitute.
The New York Post reports that the crooner offered the female officer $40 in exchange for oral sex. Upon arrest, a police search of D'Angelo's vehicle also uncovered a stash of $12,000 in cash.
It has been quite a while since one of the "founding fathers of neo-soul" has made headlines. Back in 2005, D'Angelo was involved in a near fatal crash in Virginia. He was seriously injured and had to be transported via helicopter to a nearby hospital, when his Hummer flipped over.
Since the accident, the singer has laid low and career-wise, he has not released an album in about 10 years. There is speculation, however, that D'Angelo has an album in the works that is slated to hit the streets this summer.