NEW YORK – When Boy George allegedly violated the terms of his probation on a drug charge, he incurred the wrath of a judge who demanded the singer show up in court or face arrest. That court date was Monday.
Boy George, whose real name is George O'Dowd, was under order to attend the hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court and explain whether he violated the terms of his conditional discharge when he did not report to a community-service office or pay about $1,200 in fines and fees, Judge Anthony Ferrara said.
In March, O'Dowd pleaded guilty to third-degree false reporting of an incident. The charge followed his false report of a burglary at his apartment where police said they found cocaine.
Under his plea deal, O'Dowd, 45, was to enter a drug program in England and do five days of community service in Manhattan. He was to pay a $1,000 fine and a $160 surcharge and avoid arrest for any reason for six months.
In court earlier this month, Ferrara said O'Dowd had not paid the money and had never reported to the office that decides what kind of work a defendant does to fulfill a community service requirement.
O'Dowd's lawyer, Louis Freeman, told the judge the singer would be present for his next court date. O'Dowd's longtime drug woes reportedly led to the collapse of the Culture Club, which had the '80s hit singles "Karma Chameleon" and "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?"