Boy George Gets 15 Months In Jail
January 16, 2009 at 7:02 AM (PT)
BOY GEORGE, who was convicted of falsely imprisoning a male escort in his flat in SHOREDITCH, east LONDON, has been jailed for 15 months, reports THE BBC. 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 singer he was guilty of "gratuitous violence."
O'DOWD's family was present in court as he was handed a jail term.
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."