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    Default Handcuffs To Heaven.... Ex-Village People singer faces jail

    'Policeman' Victor Willis facing drug, gun charges


    SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) -- The singer who dressed as a policeman in the flamboyant late 1970s disco band "Village People" has been arrested after disappearing while drug and gun charges against him were pending, officials said on Monday.

    Victor Willis, who co-wrote some of the band's hits such as "In the Navy" and "YMCA" has had a number of run-ins with the law since he left the group in 1980 and now faces as much as five years in prison, said Morley Pitt, assistant district attorney in San Mateo County south of San Francisco.

    "It's just sad that his life has spiraled down to the point where in all likelihood he's going to go to prison," Pitt, who said he enjoys the song "YMCA", told Reuters. "You never like to see anybody go to prison, let alone somebody who is 54 years old."

    Willis was arrested last year on charges of possessing a gun and cocaine, but he disappeared after agreeing to a plea deal that set a maximum sentence of 16 months behind bars, Pitt said.

    He was re-arrested on Sunday and the singer is due in court on Tuesday.

    Because he went missing, the San Francisco-area resident now faces as much as four years, four months in prison on those charges, as well as an additional eight months on possible new narcotics charges, Pitt said.

    Easily remembered for their outlandish costumes including a construction worker, a policeman, a cowboy and a leather-clad biker, the Village People were one of the best known bands of the disco era. Their song "YMCA" is also a favorite gay anthem.

    In the late seventies, he was married to actress Phylicia Rashad - better known as Claire Huxtable on The Cosby Show.

    He indulged in a generous hit of freebase prior to each performance, prompting a meeting among the producers. They replaced Willis with Ray Simpson.

    Willis was arrested in February of 1997, charged with robbery and cocaine possession.
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    He was married to Phylicia Rashad? She must have been knee deep in that shit too to marry that fuckhead. Do you suppose he'll drop his soap on purpose?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking
    He was married to Phylicia Rashad? She must have been knee deep in that shit too to marry that fuckhead. Do you suppose he'll drop his soap on purpose?
    Supposedly, Willis was straight. He was the only hetero in the group. Maybe that's why he had to smoke up before going on stage, because he knew he wouldn't be getting any pussy after a Village People show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking
    He was married to Phylicia Rashad? She must have been knee deep in that shit too to marry that fuckhead. Do you suppose he'll drop his soap on purpose?
    You gotta believe Phylicia wasn't too proud to be mentioned in this article!
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