Boy George was sentenced to 15 months in jail on today after being convicted of falsely imprisoning Norwegian male escort Audun Carlsen by handcuffing him to a wall in a London apartment. Damage.
British Judge David Radford said the 47-year-old former Culture Club frontman, whose real name is George O’Dowd, was guilty of “gratuitous violence.”
George’s lawyer said his client and the escort had both behaved like “drug-crazed idiots” and that O’Dowd’s substance abuse problems were a contributing factor.
Boy George denied the charge by saying he had restrained Carlsen with handcuffs while trying to figure out if a computer had been tampered with. Carlsen said O’Dowd swung at him with a metal chain as he ran from the apartment after a naked photo shoot.
Photos of Carlsen’s injuries, which he said had been inflicted by O’Dowd, were shown to the jury, but the singer denied that he did it.