Singer Boy George is innocent and will fight the drug possession charges he faces in New York, which could result in 15 years in prison if he is convicted, his lawyer said today (Feb. 1).

Singer Boy George is innocent and will fight the drug possession charges he faces in New York, which could result in 15 years in prison if he is convicted, his lawyer said today (Feb. 1). George appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court to answer charges stemming from an October incident when police, responding to his call to report a burglary, found 13 bags of cocaine in his apartment.

The case was adjourned until March 8 after the singer's lawyer, Lou Freeman, asked for more time to prepare his case. No plea was entered during the brief hearing.

"In the strongest possible terms, George maintains his innocence," Freeman said after the hearing. "He's going to fight them all the way."

George left the court without talking with reporters, stopping briefly to hug two female fans who waited outside the courthouse to show support. The singer, whose real name is George O'Dowd, is also charged with filing a false report with police.

Freeman said the singer does not know where the drugs came from or who owned them, and that he is a very social person who has many visitors to his home.

The felony complaint charges the singer with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance and says the substances found weighed more than one-eighth of an ounce (3.5 grams).


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