In a new book, an alleged mistress of Ray Charles writes about robbing the blind R&B legend to pay for her house. In “Ray & Me,” a then married Marci Soto claims she had an affair with Charles beginning in 1968, while he was married to wife Della, and says she only took what was coming to her.
“I certainly didn’t feel like I was robbing the blind. I felt like he was ready to do something he should have done years earlier, pay off my house,” Soto states about taking money from Charles. In one revelation, she admits to substituting $1 bills for $100 after a concert.
In the memoir, Soto also revealed that she got pregnant with Charles baby but opted for abortion.
“I didn’t even tell Ray, there was no reason to know. I definitely wasn’t having a baby,” she states.
Soto and Charles allegedly had an on/off romance for a long period of time and Charles even helped her cover the legal fees when she divorced her husband. She split from him in 1997 after tiring of his womanizing ways, but she called him when he fell ill at the end of his life in 2004 and spent much of their phone conversation sobbing.