Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Victor Willis update

Victor Willis

Just got an email from a reader notifying me that Victor Willis was arrested this past Sunday in South San Francisco.. He appeared in court earlier today, so we'll see what else will be reported..

My earlier blog posting on his troubles is here, in case anyone's interested..

Here's a portion of a news article from CBS 5 - Bay City News Wire:

'VILLAGE PEOPLE' COP ARRESTED IN SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO
03/27/06 2:10 PST

A man who helped make famous the songs "YMCA" and "In the Navy" was arrested Sunday by South San Francisco police following a months-long search for the ex-singer after he failed to appear on charges stemming from a July arrest in Daly City.

Victor Edward Willis, 54, the cop in the musical group The Village People, will appear in a San Mateo County courtroom Tuesday for his initial arraignment. Willis was arrested on Sunday during a routine traffic stop near the 700 block of Airport Boulevard in South San Francisco, according to police.

Both Willis and Staci Brandt, a passenger in the car, were found to be in possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, according to the South San Francisco Police Department. Upon his arrest Willis reportedly told police officers that his name was Markus Duty. Brandt allegedly gave officers a false name as well. Willis has been missing since Oct. 20 after he failed to appear at his sentencing on charges stemming from a July arrest in Daly City.

Willis was pulled over around 11 p.m. on July 11 in Daly City for an unspecified traffic violation in the area of Bayshore Boulevard and Geneva Avenue, according to police reports. After being stopped, Willis was found to be in possession of 3.23 grams of cocaine and a loaded .45-gauge, semi-automatic handgun, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. When questioned by officers, Willis reportedly gave a false name -- his brother's -- and had a fake license, the district attorney's office reported.


According to the assistant district attorney he'll mostly likely be going to jail for up to five years now..

And so the downward spiral continues..

Oh and also, the reader who sent me the tip also suggested that I pass on this link to a Passover parody of "Macho Man" called "Matzo Man" on the American Comedy Network site.. I'm not really hip to all the Kosher references, but check it out if you're interested..

LINKS:
CBS 5 - BAY CITY NEWS WIRE: VILLAGE PEOPLE 'COP' ARRESTED IN SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - WANTED VILLAGE PEOPLE OFFICER ARRESTED ON NEW COCAINE CHARGE
CNN - EX-VILLAGE PEOPLE SINGER FACES JAIL
BBC NEWS - VILLAGE PEOPLE 'COP' IN CUSTODY
AOL ENTERTAINMENT - EX-VILLAGE PEOPLE SINGER FACES JAIL SENTENCE


CATEGORIES: WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO..

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

THAT IS NOT VICTOR WILLIS! That's a photo of Raymond Simpson, brother of Valerie and Victor's replacement in The Village People.

Tommy said...

Sorry, just changed it. This should be the correct photo now.

Lorrain said...

Former Village People Star On The Mend Accepted To Residential Drug Treatment Program

June 20, 2006
SAN DIEGO – Victor Willis, former lead singer of the 1970s disco group Village People who’s been undergoing in-custody substance abuse treatment since his arrest in March of this year, has now been accepted to a residential drug treatment program. In July, his attorney, Dean Johnson, will ask the court to approve his release to the program for continued and more extensive drug treatment. Willis, whose powerful voice defined the sound of the Village People, led all of the group’s hits including YMCA, In The Navy, and Macho Man, songs he also co-wrote. Though his voice is loved by millions of fans worldwide and he’s remained a sought after performer, the reclusive superstar has consistently declined concert appearances and recording opportunities. Recently however numerous fans and well wishers are increasingly concerned about the withdrawn artist’ well being and on-going problems with the law, all of which relate to substance abuse.
“I’m touched by the outpouring of love and concern from fans and would like them to know that I’m OK, and that while in custody, I’m in a recovery program called Choices. A program that’s doing me a lot of good. But it’s nice to know there are people out there who care about me. So I also want everyone to know that the nightmare of drug abuse is being lifted from my life. As a result, I’m thinking and seeing clearer now, than I have in years. However, now that I’ve awakened, I’m finding that I’ve missed some important things in life, not to mention a couple of court appearances which I sincerely regret. For that, I apologize to the court, my fans, family and friends. Finally, for all of those who are wondering if I can still sing all my Village People hits, the answer is yes. My voice sounds about the same, if not better,” said Willis.
“The issue of celebrities using, getting caught with drugs, and subsequently being arrested for it, did not start with Victor Willis and will not end with him. He was a simple drug user caught a few times in simple possession, for personal use. That’s all. He’s not some drug dealer or drug trafficker caught with a truck load of cocaine and therefore his failures to appear in court makes him amongst America’s most wanted. He wasn’t then, nor is he now a threat to society and therefore needed to be hunted down by John Walsh. He’s a recovering addict that simply needed help. Walsh ought to be ashamed of himself for making Victor Willis the subject of his America’s Most Wanted. He’s frivolous and his show has lost all credibility notwithstanding the ratings are obviously in the dump,” said Alice Wolf, spokesperson.
The 54 year old former Village People front man, who stopped performing in the 1980s, recently signaled he may return to the concert stage after successful completion of the drug treatment program. In addition, he has commissioned a biographer to write a book about his life as lead singer of the Village People and the excesses of the 1970s disco era which he found difficult to shake almost 30 years later, and which eventually and undeservedly landed him on the show, America’s Most Wanted. The manuscript is slated for completion later this year with planned publication in 2007. Wills may also tour again during the summer of 2007.
“This is Victor Willis’ first direct statement to the press and public in more than 25 years. However, because he’s a very private person who has not communicated with the press nor has he ever publicly responded to allegations; rumors about him being broke, homeless, and you name it, have festered. For the record, he’s not homeless nor has he ever been, and he’s a long ways from being broke. In fact, because he wrote all the Village People hits, he still collects writing and publishing royalties which have made him financially well off. For example, as writer, he recently received an award for the one millionth airplay of YMCA,” said Wolf.
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