CHELSEA — A dancer and choreographer who has worked with Jay-Z and Madonna fed a 17-year-old drinks before trapping her inside a hotel room on West 16th Street, police and prosecutors said.
The teen, who was an acquaintance of Williams, had fallen asleep inside one of the hotel’s rooms when she woke up and discovered Williams assaulting her, police said.
When she tried to leave the room after, she couldn’t open the door because Williams had fallen asleep in front of it, the NYPD added.
Earlier that evening, Williams had bought the teen several alcoholic drinks at the hotel, a complaint filed with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said.
Police arrested Williams inside the hotel and charged him with rape and unlawful imprisonment. At his arraignment, however, he was only charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree and prohibited sale of alcohol to a minor, according to the complaint.
The DA’s office declined to comment on the rape and unlawful imprisonment charges lodged against Williams by the NYPD.
A judge issued a temporary restraining order against him on the victim’s behalf, and he was released on his own recognizance, prosecutors said. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 9.
Williams is a dancer, model and choreographer who has worked with celebrities including Jay-Z and Madonna, the Daily News reported.
His attorney could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.
A spokeswoman for the Maritime Hotel on Monday said the hotel “was cooperative in helping the police catch [Williams],” but couldn’t provide additional comment due to the ongoing investigation.