Boy George has been released from prison 11 months early
The former Culture Club singer – real name George O’Dowd – left Suffolk’s Edmunds Hill Prison this morning after serving just four months of his 15-month sentence for the false imprisonment and assault of male escort Audun Carlsen.entertainment Updated: May 12, 2009 16:28 IST
The former Culture Club singer – real name George O’Dowd – left Suffolk’s Edmunds Hill Prison this morning after serving just four months of his 15-month sentence for the false imprisonment and assault of male escort Audun Carlsen.
Looking relaxed and somewhat slimmer, the 47-year-old star – who was sporting a neatly-trimmed grey beard - smiled and saluted waiting photographers as he left the institution. George was granted early release for good behaviour but must wear a monitoring ankle tag, adhere to a curfew and report regularly to a probation officer.
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
singer was initially incarcerated in London’s tough Pentonville Prison after being sentenced in January, but was transferred to the less-strict Edmunds Hill facility. Scandinavian Carlsen, 29, had alleged George and an unnamed male attacked him after a drug-fuelled photo shoot. He said the pair had handcuffed him and attached him to a hook drilled into the wall next to George’s bed.
Carlsen also claimed George beat him with a chain as he tried to escape from the property. George – whose actions were branded “callous and degrading” by Judger David Radford at the end of the trial - denied the charge of false imprisonment and accused Carlsen of trying to steal private photos from his computer.
star – who has a history of drink and drug addiction – did not give evidence in his trial at London's Snaresbrook Crown Court because he didn’t want to upset his mother.
First Published: May 12, 2009 16:25 IST