Mere days after a court ordered DNA testing of Prince’s blood in anticipation of potential claims, a man has filed a paternity suit against the iconic musician’s estate.
Prince passed away on April 21 at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota, leaving behind no known will and speculation has been rife as to who would be the recipient of his multi-million dollar fortune.
Reportedly Carlin Q. Williams, a rapper from Kansas City, Missouri, believes he is Prince’s biological son and is requesting a DNA test to determine that he is The Purple One’s sole surviving legal heir. Williams is pictured in the tweet included below.
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According to documents filed Monday, Williams’ mother, Marsha Henson, gave a statement to the Minnesota courts that she had unprotected sex with Prince at a hotel in Kansas City back in July, 1976, and that she conceived her son at that time. In her statement, she said nine months later, on April 8, 1977, she gave birth to Carlin Q. Williams.
Reportedly, although Prince’s body was cremated shortly after his passing, a vial of his blood was extracted before the ceremony and was kept on file by the Midwest Medical Examiner.
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On Friday of last week, an order was filed in Carver County, Minnesota, to allow DNA testing on the sample of Prince’s blood. The results from the genetic testing of that blood sample can then be used to settle any potential paternity claims against the singer’s estate, including that by Williams.
While at the time of the blood extraction, there were no claims from potential unidentified heirs, the court ruling recognized “that parentage issues might arise and that timing can be of concern when conducting genetic testing.”
Prince’s death, Day 20: First official paternity claim? https://t.co/v08Cqx6G5n
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According to a report by ABC, federal court records show that Williams is currently serving time in federal prison in Colorado for weapons transport.
Earlier last week, Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, appeared in court with four of his five surviving half-siblings in an effort to begin sorting out The Purple One‘s multi-million dollar estate, and during the hearing, the judge appointed Bremer Trust to administer the financial matters of the estate.
According to Fox News, Bremer Trust will be tallying up Prince’s assets, including real estate, financial records, his recording catalog, and the unreleased recordings locked in the musician’s vault at the Paisley Park property. It will also be their responsibility to attempt to put a value on those assets and establish what creditors are owed by the estate. They will also be working to verify just who is likely to benefit from Prince’s estate.
However, Bremer Trust will continue to attempt to dig up any kind of will, estate plan or trust documents relating to the estate of the late singer.
Reportedly if there is no clear will or trust involved, under Minnesota law, Tyka Nelson and Prince’s other half-siblings are set to inherit the estate. Besides Prince’s half-siblings, there is also an Illinois resident, Darcell Gresham Johnston, who claims to be a half-sister of the music icon. Johnson is identified in court papers as “an interested party and beneficiary in this matter.”
However, if Prince should have a currently unknown child out there in the world, they would get to inherit the estate.
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