Carlin Q. Williams: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Carlin Q. Williams claims he is the biological son of the late Prince. (Facebook/Getty)

UPDATE JUNE 22: DNA results showed Carlin Q. Williams is not Prince’s son, The Associated Press learned from a person who saw the sealed document containing the results. Since Williams is not biologically related to Prince, he doesn’t stand to inherit the late musician’s estimated $300 million fortune.


An aspiring rapper serving time in federal prison has filed a paternity claim against Prince’s estate. Carlin Q. Williams, 39, from Kansas City, Missouri, claims he is Prince’s biological son and the “sole surviving legal heir” to the late pop icon’s massive fortune.

Williams is the first to file a paternity claim against Prince’s estate. His petition for DNA testing comes a few days after a Carver County judge ordered DNA testing of Prince’s blood in anticipation of such claims.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Williams Wants to Be Determined as Prince’s ‘Sole Surviving Legal Heir’

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If Williams is determined the “sole surviving legal heir,” his inheritance will supersede Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson and their half-siblings. (Facebook/Carlin Qar’Tune Williams)

Williams filed his paternity claim on Monday, May 9, in Carver County, Minnesota, probate court, according to KMSP, the local Fox affiliate in Minneapolis. He requested a DNA test and petitioned for the court to determine that he is the “sole surviving legal heir” to Prince’s estate, which has an estimated worth of $300 million. He is the first person to file a paternity claim against the late singer’s estate.

His mother, Marsha J. Henson, signed an affidavit, obtained by Fox 9 News reporter Paul Blume, which said, “I allege that Prince Rogers Nelson, ‘Mr. Nelson,’ is the father of my son Carlin Q. Williams.”

Williams’ attorneys, Florida lawyer Patrick Cousins, and Minneapolis lawyer Paul Shoemaker also filed an objection to the probate of Prince’s estate proceedings, according to USA Today. If a judge determines that Williams is the “sole surviving legal heir,” Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson and their five half-siblings will have no claim to the estate.

2. Williams’ Mother Says She Had Unprotected Sex With Prince in July 1976

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Marsha Henson claims she had unprotected sex with Prince in July 1976, which led to the conception of her son. (Facebook/Marsha Henson)

In her affidavit, Henson claimed that Prince is her son’s father. She claims they met “sometime in July of 1976” in the lobby of the Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. Henson, unmarried at the time, and Prince drank wine together and then led her to the Midwest Hotel to check into a room where they had unprotected sex, she says. She claims that was the night Williams was conceived.

Her affidavit also states Henson did not have sex with anyone six weeks prior to her encounter with Prince or have sex with anyone after she slept with Prince until she gave birth to Williams on April 8, 1977, nine months later. She was still not married when Williams was born.

According to her Facebook page, Henson graduated high school in 1974 and attended Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, Nebraska, studying fashion. She listed three past jobs including Faultless Laundry, vice president of M&M Associates in Kansas City from 2003 to the present, and president of Baby Gibbs’ & Company in Kansas City from 2010 to the present.

3. A Judge Approved DNA Testing on Prince’s Blood to Determine if He Has Any Other Heirs in a Ruling 3 Days Before Williams Filed the Affidavit

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The coroner collected a sample of Princes blood for future DNA testing before his body was cremated. (Getty)

On Friday, Carver County Judge Kevin Eide authorized Bremer Trust, the special administrator appointed to manage Prince’s estate, to hire DNA Diagnostics Center to analyze Prince’s blood if someone were to step forward claiming to be Prince’s child, reports KSMP. The judge also set a deadline that possible heirs must follow a claim to the singer’s estate by September 6.

During Prince’s autopsy last month, a vial of his blood was collected and put on file by the Midwest Medical Examiner, reports CBS News. His body was released back to the family and cremated.

4. Williams Is in Federal Prison on a Gun Conviction & Is Not Set to be Released Until 2020

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Carlin Q. Williams. (Facebook/Carlin Qar’Tune Williams)

Williams is serving time at at the maximum security federal prison in Florence, Colorado, according to The Associated Press. In 2013, he pleaded guilty to one count of unlawfully being in possession of a firearm and received a sentence of seven to eight years in prison. At the time of his arrest, he was also driving a stolen vehicle.

He tried to have his sentence reduced based on an “unstructured upbringing and immaturity,” according to court documents. Williams reported a “close” relationship with his mother, but was primarily raised by his grandmother. He also has seven half-siblings and dropped out of high school in 10th grade.

His criminal record shows a history of domestic violence and drug offenses. At age 31, he violated an order of protection, forcing his way into a woman’s residence and then resisted arrest. A year later, he “dragged his girlfriend up several stairs, held her captive and then chased her down the street with a knife threatening to kill her,” according to the documents. Another year later, he forced himself into a woman’s residence and assaulted her with a hot curling iron.

Williams is incarcerated at the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, a high-security facility, according to Bureau of Prison records. His release date is December 26, 2020.

5. Williams Is a Rapper Who Goes by the Name ‘Prince Dracula’

Williams is a rapper who goes by the moniker Carlin Q. Williams (Prince Dracula) Son of Prince, according to his ReverbNation artist page. He is a vocalist and lyricist for Prince Dracula featuring The Yng Boys as well as the producer and manager for We Are 90% Family Members. He also refers to himself as Prince’s son.

His music is listed under the username 77princedracula at ReverbNation. He has 15 songs posted, available for purchase for $1.29 each.

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