Witness Accuses Boy George of Beating Him

Witness Accuses Boy George of Beating Him
Boy George
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11/24/2008 AT 03:20 PM EST

In a London courtroom Monday Norwegian escort Audun Carlsen testified that Boy George handcuffed him to a bedroom wall and beat him with a metal chain.

The 49-year-old singer, real name George O'Dowd, is standing trial for false imprisonment, a charge which he has denied.

Carlsen, 29, claims he was invited to the musician's London home for a naked photo shoot after he and the singer met online, the Associated Press reports. Following the visit Boy George sent a string of e-mails accusing him of hacking into his computer, said Carlsen. Despite the accusations, Carlsen agreed to another photo shoot in April 2007.

Carlsen said what followed was a beating inflicted by Boy George and another man. After "slapping me, beating me, punching me, and screaming things," says Carlsen, the former Culture Club singer handcuffed him to a hook in the bedroom wall.

After escaping by unscrewing the hook, Carlsen says he ran into the street in his underwear.

"I took a bit of time getting the door open and he had a metal chain that he was hitting me with," he said.

Photographs of red welts on Carlsen’s head and arm injuries, which he said were inflicted during the attack, were shown to the court.

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