Boy George released from jail
Boy George has been released from prison today (11.05.09) after completing only a quarter of his sentence for falsely imprisoning male escort Audun Carlsen
This article is from 2009.
Boy George has been released from prison 11 months early.
The former Culture Club singer - real name George O'Dowd - left Suffolk's Edmunds Hill Prison this morning (11.05.09) after serving just four months of his 15-month sentence for the false imprisonment and assault of male escort Audun Carlsen.
Looking relaxed and somewhat slimmer, the 47-year-old star - who was sporting a neatly-trimmed grey beard - smiled and saluted waiting photographers as he left the institution.
George was granted early release for good behaviour but must wear a monitoring ankle tag, adhere to a curfew and report regularly to a probation officer.
The 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me' singer was initially incarcerated in London's tough Pentonville Prison after being sentenced in January, but was transferred to the less-strict Edmunds Hill facility.
Scandinavian Carlsen, 29, had alleged George and an unnamed male attacked him after a drug-fuelled photo shoot. He said the pair had handcuffed him and attached him to a hook drilled into the wall next to George's bed.
Carlsen also claimed George beat him with a chain as he tried to escape from the property.
George - whose actions were branded "callous and degrading" by Judger David Radford at the end of the trial - denied the charge of false imprisonment and accused Carlsen of trying to steal private photos from his computer.
The 'Karma Chameleon' star - who has a history of drink and drug addiction - did not give evidence in his trial at London's Snaresbrook Crown Court because he didn't want to upset his mother.