Approximately two weeks after legendary musician Prince died from a drug overdose, Colorado prison inmate Carlin Q. Williams of Kansas City, Mo., filed a paternity claim with a Minnesota court against the singer’s estate.
Williams underwent a DNA test to prove if Prince was indeed his father, and now the DNA results have come back negative, erasing any entitlement to a piece of the musician’s fortune.
Williams, 39, claimed in legal documents that his mother, Marsha Henson, met Prince in the lobby of the Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City. They allegedly drank some wine and then purchased a room for the night. According to the affidavit, the pair had unprotected sex.
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Henson says she didn’t have intercourse with anyone else for six weeks before the encounter, and refrained from sex during her entire pregnancy; she insisted that Prince was the only man who could be Williams’ father.
The judge overseeing the estate case authorized genetic testing in April on a sample of Prince’s blood in case it’s necessary to determine who’s entitled to share in his estate, and gave creditors four months to file claims.
At the time, a Kansas City woman said she’s Prince’s half-sister; the outcome of her claim is not known. Nearly 700 Americans claimed some DNA link to Prince. (It’s not unusual for this to happen with celebrity deaths: the court overseeing Michael Jackson’s estate case rejected more than $50 million worth of dubious claims.)
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Court and prison records show Williams is being held at the maximum security federal prison in Florence, Colo., after pleading guilty in 2013 to unlawfully transporting a firearm. He was sentenced to seven years and eight months.
Prince died April 21, 2016 at his home in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen.
With files from The Associated Press