NEW YORK – Boy George appeared briefly in criminal court Wednesday to answer charges related to his October drug possession arrest.
Following a brief meeting at the bench between the pop singer's lawyer, Lewis Freeman, and prosecutor Craig Ortner, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Anthony Ferrara postponed the case to March 8.
Boy George, whose real name is George O'Dowd, wore a long black wool coat, black slacks, a black shirt and gray sneakers with white stripes, and sported a buzz-cut hairstyle and a large dark blue or black Star of David tattoo on the top of his head.
He said nothing during the court appearance. As he was being hustled out of the courthouse by bodyguards, he answered "yes" when a reporter asked if he still maintained his innocence.
George, 44, was arrested Oct. 7 after he called 911 to report a burglary at his apartment. Police said officers found a small amount of cocaine next to a computer.
He has been free on bail pending a trial after being charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, allegedly more than an eighth of an ounce of cocaine.
The singer and his lawyer say the drugs found in his apartment weren't his.
George is famous for his androgynous persona and Culture Club hits, including "Karma Chameleon" and "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?"