Boy George Gets 15 Months in Jail
“I’m a man without conviction,” Boy George once sang in “Karma Chameleon.”
Not anymore, he isn’t.
The former Culture Club singer—born George O’Dowd—has been sentenced to 15 months in jail after being found guilty in December of falsely imprisoning Norwegian male model/escort Audun Carlsen, 29, in O’Dowd’s London apartment, the Guardian reports.
The incident occurred in April 2007, after O’Dowd, 47, invited Carlsen to his apartment for a naked photo-session. The pair partook in some cocaine, and things got a little out of hand from there.
According to the victim’s testimony, O’Dowd, enraged because he thought that Carlsen had tried to hack into his computer while he popped out of the apartment briefly, then subdued him with the help of another man.
Telling Carlsen, “Now you’re going to get what you deserve,” O’Dowd proceeded to beat the escort and handcuff him to a wall fixture. Carlsen testified that he only escaped after managing to wrench the fixture from the wall, and was beaten with a chain by O’Dowd as he fled into the street.
While sentencing the flamboyant former pop star at Snaresbrook crown court in East London, Judge David Radford declared that O’Dowd’s crime was “so serious that only an immediate sentence of imprisonment can be justified.
“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 hand-cuffing and detention of Mr. Carlsen shocked, degraded and traumatized,” Radford told O’Dowd.
During the trial O’Dowd’s attorney, Adrian Waterman, acknowledged that his client’s behavior was “truly bizarre,” but cited O’Dowd’s “good character,” calling him “the antithesis of the haughty and bullying star” who had nonetheless succumbed to “a world of paranoia” because of his drug use.
Hopefully O’Dowd’s sentencing will serve as a cautionary example for certain celebrity advocates of cocaine use.