By Jennifer Odell
R&B artist D'Angelo was arrested on Saturday for allegedly trying to solicit sex from an undercover police officer, according to several reports.
The singer, whose real name is Michael Archer, had been driving around New York's West Village around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday morning when he saw a woman he apparently believed was a prostitute. He allegedly offered her $40 for oral sex before the woman busted him for solicitation near the corner of Horatio and Greenwich Streets.
A search of the SUV he was driving turned up $12,000 in stashed cash, reports the New York Post.
In a statement released to Us, D'Angelo says he will plead not guilty, however adding that he hopes the public will "allow the American justice system to resolve the matter before jumping to any conclusions."
D'Angelo's critically acclaimed album, "Voodoo" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 charts in 2000 and earned him two Grammy Awards, but the singer has largely remained out of the entertainment industry's spotlight, yet has been plagued by legal trouble, in the years since.
In 2002, D'Angelo allegedly resisted arrest when police went to his Richmond, Va. home to serve a warrant for charges of aggressive driving and other counts. In 2005, he was fined, given a suspended jail term and had his license suspended after pleading guilty to marijuana possession and DUI charges. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to DUI and driving with a suspended license charges and received more fines and suspended jail sentences.
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