Boy George Avoids Jail Time In Drug Flap
Boy George won't be going back to jail after all. A New York judge today vacated a warrant for the artist's arrest and told the former Culture Club singer he will let him complete a non-jail sentenceBoy George won't be going back to jail after all. A New York judge today (June 26) vacated a warrant for the artist's arrest and told the former Culture Club singer he will let him complete a non-jail sentence stemming from his arrest for cocaine possession.
Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Anthony Ferrara scolded the defendant, whose real name is George O'Dowd, for not complying with the terms of his sentence and warned, "I'm not going to give you another chance."
In March, O'Dowd, 45, pleaded guilty to third-degree false reporting of an incident. The charge followed his false report of a burglary at his Lower Manhattan apartment where police found cocaine.
Under his plea deal, O'Dowd was to enter a drug program in England and do five days of community service in Manhattan. He was also supposed to pay a $1,000 fine and a $160 surcharge, and avoid arrest for any reason during the next six months.
But the singer didn't do the community service. "You have to do the community service," Ferrara told O'Dowd. "It's up to you whether you make it an exercise in humiliation or in humility."
"If you don't do the community service, I'll make you a promise: You're going through that door," Ferrara said, pointing toward the entrance to the jail cells. The judge gave O'Dowd until Aug. 28 to complete the community service.
O'Dowd left the courtroom and immediately went to the probation offices to get his community service assignment. After leaving, he quipped, "I'm going to be teaching basketball in Harlem."
Defense lawyer Louis Freeman said his client was hoping to do the community service on five consecutive days so that he could make scheduled appearances in Europe. "He's already been threatened with lawsuits if he doesn't show," Freeman said.
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