Prince Is My Dad, Claims Colorado Prisoner Carlin Q. Williams

Once upon a time, I had a close, personal encounter with Prince.

But not nearly as close as the one Colorado inmate Carlin Qar’Tune Williams, 39, says his mom had with the Purple One in 1976.

Williams maintains that he is Prince's sole heir.

And he wants to take a DNA test to prove it.

Tributes and tears followed Prince's death, but there's been plenty of chaos, too.

Why? Partly because of claims by his sister that he didn't leave a will.

Then, last week, a Minnesota judge reportedly authorized the release and analysis of Prince blood samples should paternity claims surface.

Enter Mr. Williams, who in 2013 pleaded guilty to unlawfully transporting a firearm. He was sentenced to serve between seven and eight years in prison here.... Florence — High USP in Florence, Colorado.

But Williams, who's originally from Kansas City, is more than just a convict.

He's also a rapper who has made recordings available on ReverbNation under the name (wait for it) 77princedracula.

Here's an example.

A link to another ReverbNation page popped up on his Facebook page within the last few hours.

That one refers to him simply as "Prince Dracula."

The text accompanying the post, said to have been shared by Williams himself, reads, "we've cu 2 get our people."

See! He uses numerals in place of words — just like Prince, whose photo he posted on his timeline circa September 2015:

Among those tagged on the post is Marsha Henson, Williams's mom — who supposedly had a one-night stand with Prince in 1976, when the singer was eighteen.

TMZ cites court records in which Williams claims Henson "met Prince in the lobby of the Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri back in July 1976. She says in an affidavit she drank wine with the singer and checked into a room and had unprotected sex."

Henson is also quoted as claiming that she "didn't have sex with anyone six weeks before and didn't have sex with anyone during her entire pregnancy" with Carlin.

That proves it, right?

Okay, maybe not — which is why Williams has filed paperwork in Carver County, Minnesota, asking for a DNA test to establish that he's Prince's sole heir.

How much money might he be entitled to if this assertion is proven?

Well, research I conducted yesterday near the checkout stand of a King Soopers revealed that People estimates Prince's estate to be worth $250 million, while the National Enquirer values it at $1 billion.

Whatever the case, it should provide Williams with plenty of money to spend at the Florence commissary prior to his release.

Yeah, sure. Here's a report about Prince's will, or lack thereof.

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