Boy George Faces Judge over Drug Charges
Except for a full-length coat, Boy George dressed down for his Wednesday appearance in Manhattan Criminal Court – where his lawyer declared the singer's innocence and vowed to fight his drug-possession charges.
No plea was entered during the brief hearing, and the case was adjourned until March 8, after the singer's lawyer, Lou Freeman, asked for more time to prepare his case. Freeman told Reuters after the hearing: "In the strongest possible terms, George maintains his innocence. He's going to fight them all the way."
George (real name: George O'Dowd) left the court without talking with reporters, stopping briefly to hug two female fans who waited outside the courthouse to show support.
The charges stem from an from an October incident when police, responding to George's call to report a burglary, found 13 bags of cocaine in his apartment. George, 44, is also charged with filing a false report with police. If convicted of all charges, he could face 15 years in prison.
Freeman said his client does not know where the drugs came from or who owned them, and that he is a very social person who has many visitors to his home.
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