A Colorado prison inmate has filed a paternity claim against the estate of Prince, alleging that the music legend is his biological father, according to court documents.
Attorneys for Carlin Q. Williams, 39, filed a request in a Minnesota court Monday seeking genetic testing to determine whether he is Prince’s son.
The request says Williams "is and claims to be a legal heir" to Prince.
The claim is believed to be the first officially filed in court since Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota on April 21at the age of 57.
Prince’s sister said he left behind no known will. His estate has been estimated at $300 million. In a separate proceeding Friday, a judge cleared the way for DNA testing to be conducted on a sample of Prince's blood in case any parentage issues arise.
"Obviously, DNA connects you to someone or it doesn’t connect you to someone," one of Williams’ attorneys, Patrick Cousins, said.
"Ultimately the test is going to tell," he said.
Williams' mother, Marsha J. Henson, wrote in an affidavit filed Monday that she and Prince, whose real name is Prince Rogers Nelson, met in the lobby of a Kansas City, Missouri, hotel in July of 1976.
They drank wine and later had unprotected sex at a hotel room, the affidavit says. Henson said in the affidavit that her son was conceived then and that she did not have sex with anyone else 6 weeks before her alleged encounter with Prince, or afterwards until she gave birth in April of 1977.
Prince would have been 18 in July of 1976. His first album, "For You," didn't come out until 1978, followed by "Prince" in 1979.
A representative for Prince's family declined to comment Tuesday.
Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, and his five half-siblings decided during a short court hearing last week that they would continue allowing wealth management firm Bremer Trust to serve as special administrator of the iconic musician's fortune.
Under Minnesota law, if the court finds Prince has a living child and there is no will, that person would be entitled to all of the estate’s assets.
Williams is serving a sentence of 7 years 6 months and at a federal prison in Colorado. He pleaded guilty in 2013 to a single count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records.
Cousins was an attorney for Prince from 2004 to late 2009. He said Williams reached out to him in the past claiming Prince was his father, but there was no way to corroborate the claim and it was not pursued.
In addition to his siblings, Prince is survived by two ex-wives. His only known child, a son named Boy Gregory, was just a week old when he died in October 1996.