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CeeLo Green's legal woes aren't all behind him.
E! News has learned that The Voice coach is off the hook in the sexual battery claims from almost a year ago, after prosecutors declined to file a charge of rape of an intoxicated person, citing insufficient evidence.
However, the District Attorney's Office announced that Green (real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway) was charged today with furnishing ecstasy to a female victim. The musician allegedly slipped ecstasy to a 33-year-old female while the two were dining at a downtown Los Angeles restaurant sometime between July 13 and July 14, 2012. The two later went back to the woman's hotel.
Green's legal counsel, Blair Berk, issued the following statement:
"We are pleased that the Los Angeles County District Attorney has completed its investigation and concluded that the evidence did not support the false and unfounded claims made over a year ago. Mr. Green encouraged a full and complete investigation of those claims and he was confident once conducted he would be cleared of having any wrongful intent and it would be established that any relations were consensual.
"Cee Lo had faith that if the true facts were known the District Attorney would reject those charges. As it relates to the one charge of furnishing or sharing ecstasy, Mr. Green will responsibly address that matter in a court of law but not comment on it further out of respect for the process."
Cee Lo arrived at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center a short time ago for his arraignment, wearing a dark suit and blue-tinted glasses and pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. A bondsman was in court and came forward to post his $30,000 bond, but the celeb was ordered to stay in the court until his bail was posted.
He was ordered by Judge Shelly Torrealba to return to court for his preliminary hearing on Nov. 20.
If convicted, Green faces up to four years in state prison.
—Reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum