Im A Celebs Boy George discusses court case that landed him in jail: It’s not true11/17/2022
I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star Boy George has opened up on the court case that resulted in him spending four months in prison while he's been in the jungle.
The singer later complained that A Place In The Sun presenter Scarlette Douglas had asked inappropriate questions. The Culture Club superstar was chatting to the TV host when she brought up the case.
“What happened with you BG and some guy in handcuffs and a radiator?” Scarlette, 35, asked bluntly.
Taken-aback by the switch in conversation, George, 61, declared: “That’s not true.”
Admitting she didn't actually know the story in its detail, the star pressed the Karma Chameleon hitmaker to expand, who replied there were "no radiators".
“Oh, just handcuffs," Scarlette commented, as George said shortly: “Handcuffs is true but the radiator bit wasn’t true, but thanks for bringing it up.”
“Sorry, it wouldn’t surprise me if that was a fake story," Scarlette apologised, and Boy George repeated that the radiator rumour had simply been spoken about so much that it had become "folklore".
The star went on to tell his campmates that if the story had been "true" he wouldn't be working in the music business anymore.
“I don’t even know what the full story was, I just remember hearing handcuffs and radiator," Scarlette continued, as Boy George finally explained.
“Good job I know what the full story was," he said. "The best way to explain my thing, Scarlette, if I beat someone up there would be photographs. And there were none, because it didn’t happen.
"So when you beat someone up, the first thing the police do is take a photograph and they show them in court. There was no photos because I didn’t do that.
"But I did do one thing. I did handcuff him, yeah. Because I’d handcuffed the guy I’d already assaulted him.
"So, when I said ‘I did it’, I thought, I’ll tell the truth they’ll let me go home. I went to prison for four months. I was on tag for four months as well," the star went on, later telling the Bush Telegraph he thought Scarlette had been "inappropriate" and "shouldn't have said what she said" to him on TV.
"I thought I handled it really well as it’s a big sore point for me when people say things like that," George shared, as he was also seen telling camp that the people in prison were "amazing" to him during his sentence and they "loved" him.
The singer added: "Sometimes I think, do I want to explain it? I know the truth. I also know, if I’d done what I was accused of doing, I don’t think I’d be working.
"I don’t think I’d ever have come back from it. That was a slightly tabloid exaggerated scene.”
Boy George was sentenced to 15 months in jail for falsely imprisoning male escort Audun Carlsen, who was 29 at the time, by handcuffing him to a wall and beating him with a metal chain.
George, whose real name is George O'Dowd, was found guilty of the crime after the Norwegian model visited the singer's flat in London in April 2007.
Judge David Radford, who handed down the sentence at Snaresbrook crown court in 2009, said the singer's offence was "so serious that only an immediate sentence of imprisonment can be justified", according to The Guardian newspaper.
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