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    Oh, Boy: George Charged with False Imprisonment

    According to British authorities, the answer is yes—Boy George really did want to hurt him.

    Scotland Yard has formally charged the '80s icon with false imprisonment, stemming from an April complaint filed by a male model claiming to have been chained up and threatened at the singer's East London home after turning up for a photo shoot.

    "George O'Dowd, 47, a musician of Ravey Street, EC2, is charged with the false imprisonment of a 28-year-old in Ravey Street on Apr. 28," Scotland Yard said in a statement. "He has been bailed to return before Thames Magistrates Court on Nov. 22."

    The Culture Club warbler was accused of the misdeed by Auden Carlsen, who said he was inappropriately grabbed and restrained by the performer and another man after being invited back to George's apartment to pose for photographs.

    While the "Karma Chameleon" singer was charged with false imprisonment only, he was initially arrested in May on an additional count of assault, after Carlsen logged an official complaint with British police—and a less official one with Britain's Sun tabloid.

    The Norwegian-born model told the paper he hooked up with George via a U.K. personals Website called Gaydar and that he had agreed to go to the singer's home at midnight to serve as a model, and nothing more, for 400 pounds.

    Carlsen said he posed for several erotic photographs snapped by the singer. Then an unidentified man handcuffed the model to a hook on the wall in George's bedroom, Carlsen claimed, and the singer proceeded to break open a box of whips and other S&M toys.

    George and the unidentified man eventually left the apartment, only to return wanting more.

    "I heard him come back, and I walked into his bedroom wearing just my white underpants and a T-shirt. I was jumped on by George and another man," Carlsen told the Sun.

    Carlsen, who said the men rechained him to the wall, told the tabloid he "was convinced [he] was going to die."

    The model said he managed to wrangle free by pulling the hook out of the wall. He fled the residence and alerted police at about 6:30 a.m.

    The accusations aren't the first time George has been in trouble with the law.

    In March 2006, the singer pleaded guilty to falsely reporting a burglary at his Manhattan apartment back in October 2005. When police arrived to answer the call, they failed to detect a burglar but did discover 13 bags of cocaine. George received five days' community service and a $1,000 fine.


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