A British court has blocked an attempt by former Culture Club singer Boy George to appear on a reality television show.
The 48-year-old had hoped to appear on Channel 4's "Celebrity Big Brother" despite being on probation for assaulting a male escort. Newspaper reports say George would stand to earn tens of thousands of pounds for appearing on the show, which begins Jan. 3.
Probation officers argue that allowing George to appear on the show would undermine the reputation of London's probation service and public confidence in the judicial system.
George appealed the service's ban, saying probation was not meant to punish him.
High Court judge David Bean dismissed George's appeal Wednesday (Dec. 23).