A Kansas City rapper was first to claim Prince’s estate, but he’s no longer alone.
On Monday, a South Carolina man claimed in a court motion that he is an adopted son of the rock star who died April 21. Last week, a Wisconsin woman claimed to be Prince’s half sister.
The two join Carlin Q. Williams, 39, a Kansas City rapper who performed under the name Prince of Darkness. Williams’ mother, Marsha J. Henson of Kansas City, claimed in an affidavit that she had unprotected sex with Prince in 1976 after meeting him at a Crown Center hotel.
Williams is in a Colorado prison on a gun charge. DNA testing has been ordered.
On Tuesday, the judge in the Minnesota court case heard arguments over whether an entertainment industry expert should be hired to determine the value of the estate’s “intellectual property.”
The estate’s special administrator supports the move. Williams’ attorneys object to the hiring, arguing that the rightful heirs should first be identified.
Like Williams, the South Carolina man, Norman Yates Carthens, is behind bars. In a handwritten claim filed Monday, Carthens said there is a will and Prince left him $7 million. He did not elaborate on the whereabouts of the will.
The woman, Regina Sorenson, claims that she and Prince have the same father and that she lived with Prince and attended school with him until they were removed from the home by child welfare workers because of abuse in the home.
She seeks to be included in any DNA testing.
Prince, whose estate has been estimated at $300 million, reportedly did not leave a will. Without an heir, the money would be distributed to Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, and five half siblings.
A hearing is set for June 27 in Carver County District Court in Minnesota to discuss the DNA testing protocol. A judge earlier ordered that blood from Prince be saved for that purpose.
All parties have until June 20 to file motions or objections to the genetic testing.
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