Boy George to Pick Up New York City Trash
07/31/2006 AT 09:25 AM EDT
After pleading guilty in March to the false reporting of a supposed burglary in his Manhattan apartment, the former Culture Club singer (real name: George O'Dowd), 45, will kick off five days of court-ordered community service by picking up trash on city streets, according to a sanitation department spokesman Vito Turso.
Beginning Aug. 14, the singer will be issued a shovel, broom, plastic bags and gloves. "This is the epitome of community service," Turso tells New York's Daily News. "It's not like he's going to be working in an air-conditioned office."
Boy George, who has a history of battling drug problems, phoned police in October with his bogus tale of a break-in. While on the scene, responding officers found cocaine inside the singer's apartment.
In June, A New York judge issued a stern warning – but no jail time – to Boy George over his procrastination at doing his community service.
"I'm not going to give you another chance," Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Anthony Ferrara told the London-born musician. "If you don't do the community service, I'll make you a promise: You're going through that door," the jurist added, indicating the entrance to the jail cells.