Boy George Sentenced to 15 Months in Jail

January 16, 2009

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.