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It's such a shame when icons of your youth start to get old, decrepit and their perverted private lives become public. Preferred it when he was dressed like a girl and causing a stir as one of the first gender benders of the bygone Eighties. And the media are straight onto this story like a flock of vultures, picking at the carcass of his career on loop replay. Mind, it seems like Boy George has been done up like a kipper by the law. The fuckers.


Boy George jailed for 15 months

Singer Boy George has been jailed for 15 months for falsely imprisoning a male escort in his flat in east London.




The singer, whose real name is George O'Dowd, denied the charge and claimed the victim, Norwegian Audun Carlsen, 29, had stolen photos from his laptop.


O'Dowd, 47, admitted handcuffing him to a wall in April 2007 but said he did so in order to trace the missing property.


Judge David Radford told the former Culture Club singer he was guilty of "gratuitous violence".


O'Dowd's family and supporters reacted emotionally as the singer was handed the jail sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court.


Gay website


Judge Radford said: "Whilst I accept that Mr Carlsen's physical injuries were not serious or permanent, in my view there can be no doubt that your premeditated callous and humiliating handcuffing and detention of Mr Carlsen shocked, degraded and traumatised him.


"He was deprived of his liberty and human dignity without warning or proper explanation to him of its purpose, length or purported justification."


He also ordered the singer, who had decided not to testify, to pay £5,000 costs.


The two men first came into contact through a gay social-networking site and met up for a pornographic photo shoot at O'Dowd's Shoreditch flat, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.


O'Dowd believed Mr Carlsen stole data, including personal photographs from his laptop, during the photo shoot.


The court was told that weeks later O'Dowd invited the Norwegian back to his flat and it was then that he, with the help of a second man, chained Mr Carlsen to his bed and beat him.


'Self-destructive behaviour'


Mr Carlsen testified that he was manacled to the bed, but managed to escape and ran from the flat wearing only his boxer shorts, trainers and a pair of handcuffs.


During the trial the court heard that the escort sold the story of his ordeal to a Norwegian magazine for £5,500, which he said he needed to flee the UK as he was "too scared".


The singer has previous convictions for theft as a juvenile in 1977 and a drugs offence 10 years later.


He was also given community service in New York in 2006 after admitting to falsely reporting a burglary at his flat there.


Boy George, who is now a DJ, was one of the most well-known stars and recognisable faces in the 1980s.


With Culture Club he notched up seven British and nine American Top 10 hits such as Karma Chameleon and sold more than 50 million records.


He has also struggled with drug addictions and he told the world about his personal battle in his autobiography Take It Like A Man.


Earlier his barrister Adrian Waterman told the court that O'Dowd was the "antithesis of the haughty bullying star".


He said: "At the heart of the matter was a descent into self-destructive behaviour at the hands of the drugs."


Following the sentencing, O'Dowd's solicitor, Steven Barker, said: "George is on the road to recovery, I sincerely hope this sentence does not knock him back."


Story from BBC NEWS:



Published: 2009/01/16 15:27:47 GMT




And for those of you who want to remember him at his best:




I'm off to cry*.  :weep:


*Well, not really.


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Guest lankybellwipe

Georgie Boy and Georgie 'boy' Michael could make a fortune from a joint 'ghost' written book!


JJ would surely fill his boots! (with manfat)

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I think he'll be dropping the soap with alarming frequency and taking his time to pick it up.


How can you be so sure he's a taker and not a giver? Insider knowledge?


I'd always assumed that "girly" gays were takers but was told in the context of another forum that that's not the case - it can be either way around.


Nothing against the bloke but I'd be happy to see him jailed for his music.




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culture club were s****.


however they gave me a giggle...probs already posted this story before but here it comes again........


culture clubs "do you really want to hurt me" was on top of the pops not long before that keegan scores 4 game down at rotherham. young madras went but didn't want to pay the £8 for the newcastle end (no concessions and i was only 14 or 15), so i went into the rotherham end and decided to keep my gob shut. so there we were at half time 4-0 up and an emlyn hughes missed penalty and i'd kept quiet.......then it came on over the PA culture clubs "do you really want to hurt me" and a group of men in front of me....gobby one amongst them "i'd give the lass that sings this one...you see her t'other night".....young madras couldn't hold back "it's a bloke man" ("oh s*** did i say that out loud ?......why's everyone looking ?....i'm gonna get lynched)


everyone just laughed at the gobby yorkshireman and when we got our fifth all eyes were on me again.

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Guest Heneage

That's class Madras, you can dine out on that one.


Wow he's fallen quite far, why imprison an escort they are paid to shag you?!

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