Grammy-winning R&B singer D’Angelo (real name: Michael Eugene Archer) had to be subdued with pepper spray yesterday (Nov. 18) after he resisted arrest on misdemeanor charges of aggressive driving and other counts, police said. Chesterfield, Va., police said they went to D’Angelo’s suburban Richmond home after an alleged confrontation with a woman at a gas station on Sunday. The singer allegedly cursed at the woman and spit on her after he cut her off in his luxury SUV, police said.
D’Angelo, 28, allegedly resisted police as they attempted to take him into custody shortly before noon yesterday and had to be subdued with the irritant spray, Maj. James B. Bourque said. The artist was released on his recognizance pending a Jan. 15 appearance in Chesterfield General Court.
In addition to the driving count, he is charged with assault, curse and abuse, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors, Bourque said.
Two years ago, D’Angelo received a Grammy for best male R&B vocal performance for “Untitled (How Does it Feel)” from the album “Voodoo,” which also won a Grammy for best R&B album. Released in February 2000, the Virgin set topped both The Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
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