04:15 PM EDT 11/24/2015
Originally posted 01/16/2009 11:20AM
Boy George's troubles with the law took a serious turn in a London courtroom Friday when a judge sentenced the '80s pop idol to 15 months in jail for falsely imprisoning a male escort at his home in 2007.
Judge David Radford told the former Culture Club singer (whose real name is George O'Dowd) he was guilty of "gratuitous violence" for handcuffing and beating with a chain a 29-year-old Norwegian man he had met online and invited to his London apartment for a nude photo shoot, Britain's Press Association reports.
The incident occurred after the Norwegian, Audun Carlsen, attempted to escape.
Originally posted 12/05/2008 07:20AM
Boy George has been convicted of falsely imprisoning a male escort.
The jury in a London court sided with Audun Carlsen, 29, who claimed that the former Culture Club frontman (real name George O'Dowd), 46, had handcuffed him and beat him with a metal chain.
(The musician – best known for such '80s hits as "Karma Chameleon" and "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" – admitted to cuffing the escort, but said it was because he suspected the man of tampering with his computer.)
According to the U.K.'s Press Association, the singer looked grim as the verdict was delivered. The singer was released on bail until his Jan. 16 sentencing.
Originally posted 11/24/2008 03:20PM
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.
Originally posted 10/10/2008 09:30AM
He's no stranger to drug abuse. Now Boy George is speaking out to encourage troubled singers Amy Winehouse and George Michael to get clean.
"When I look at Amy and George, I know where they are, I know what they are," he tells Britain's The Times. "I know what it's like to be clacking, sweaty and chaotic and to have no clarity."
Boy George, who had a heroin addiction in the 1980s, insists he finally kicked cocaine last year. His advice to his fellow Brits? "Seek the wisdom to soothe the soul."
Originally posted 06/12/2008 10:35AM
Boy George doesn't really want to hurt anyone; he just wants to sing and show his appreciation.
Two years after picking up trash on New York City streets as part of his court-ordered community service, the Culture Club frontman will rejoin his old colleagues at the sanitation department – this time by his own accord.
George, 46, will perform a free concert for the Department of Sanitation’s annual Family Day on Aug. 16, the Associated Press reports.
"The people I worked alongside showed great kindness to me at a very difficult time, and I wanted to thank them all in a way that would show my appreciation," the British singer (real name: George O'Dowd) said in a statement.
Originally posted 08/14/2006 11:10AM
Boy George lashed out at reporters Monday morning less than an hour into his five days of court-ordered community service cleaning up the streets of New York City.
Originally posted 07/31/2006 09:25AM
Boy George will be cleaning up in New York next month, though not in the way that will result in bank deposits.
Originally posted 06/26/2006 01:25PM
A New York judge on Monday issued a stern warning – but no jail time – to Boy George over his failure to do the community service required by his sentence on a drug charge.
Originally posted 03/08/2006 11:00AM
The most serious charges of cocaine possession against Boy George were dismissed Wednesday after the former Culture Club singer pleaded guilty to falsely reporting a burglary, Reuters reports.
Originally posted 02/02/2006 08:00AM
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.
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