Do they really want to hurt him?

That's the question Boy George's managers are asking U.S. authorities now that the singer has been denied a visa to enter the country.

The Culture Club frontman had planned a U.S. tour for the summer, including a free concert at the New York City Department of Sanitation's Family Day in August. He performed court-ordered community service for the department in 2006 over a drug case.

His managers said in a statement on Monday that the visa denial was not because of his past brush with the law in the U.S. but because he is awaiting trial in London.

The singer of such hits as "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" and "Karma Chameleon" has pleaded not guilty to imprisoning a man at his London home.

The State Department says visa records are confidential so it can't comment.