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Prince is my father claims Colorado inmate seeking DNA test

A Colorado inmate Calvin Q Williams has filed a paternity claim with a Minnesota court against the estate of Prince, claiming the musician is his biological father.

In filings with Carver County District Court, Williams of Kansas City, Missouri, seeks DNA testing to determine if he is Prince's child.

In an affidavit included with the court filing, Williams' mother, Marsha Henson, says she had sex with Prince in July 1976 and gave birth to her son the following April.

Under Minnesota law, children are first in line to inherit, which would put Williams ahead of Prince's siblings if the court agrees he is Prince's son.

Williams' attorney, Patrick Cousins, of West Palm Beach, Florida, confirmed that his client is currently imprisoned.

Court and prison records show Williams is at the maximum security federal prison in Florence, Colorado, after pleading guilty in 2013 to unlawfully transporting a firearm.

He was sentenced to seven years and eight months behind bars.

Ms Henson, contends that she met Prince in the lobby of a hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, where they drank wine before checking into another hotel and having unprotected sex.

She stated that her son was conceived that day and was born on April 8 1977. She said she was unmarried at the time and did not have intercourse with anyone for six weeks before she had sex with Prince, and that she did not sleep with anyone else until after she gave birth.

The judge overseeing the case has authorised genetic testing on a sample of Prince's blood in case it is necessary to determine who is entitled to share in his estate. He has given creditors four months to file claims.

A Kansas woman has already come forward to say she is Prince's half-sister, as well as a California man who contends Prince gave him control over his music catalogue and vault via a verbal agreement in the mid-1990s.

The experience of other celebrity estate cases suggests more claims against Prince's estate are likely, and they may not all be legitimate. The court overseeing Michael Jackson's estate case rejected more than 50 million dollars worth of dubious claims.

Prince died on April 21 at his home in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen. The cause remains under investigation.

Lawyers overseeing his estate have told the court that no will for Prince has been found, though they are still searching.

Papers filed by Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, said he had no known children and listed her and five half-siblings as Prince's only known heirs.

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