Two years after his community service, he's putting on a free show in appreciation

By Tiffany McGee
Updated June 12, 2008 10:35 AM

Boy George doesn’t really want to hurt anyone; he just wants to sing and show his appreciation.

Two years after picking up trash on New York City streets as part of his court-ordered community service, the Culture Club frontman will rejoin his old colleagues at the sanitation department – this time by his own accord.

George, 46, will perform a free concert for the Department of Sanitation s annual Family Day on Aug. 16, the Associated Press reports.

“The people I worked alongside showed great kindness to me at a very difficult time, and I wanted to thank them all in a way that would show my appreciation,” the British singer (real name: George O’Dowd) said in a statement.

That appreciation stems from the support the singer received two years ago when he was sentenced to five days of community service with the sanitation department after pleading guilty in March 2006 to falsely reporting a burglary at his Manhattan apartment – where responding police officers discovered 13 bags of cocaine.

Michael A. Bimonte, a first deputy commissioner with the department, told AP, “Keeping New York City safe and clean is a daunting challenge – as Boy George well knows –and we welcome his generous offer to entertain those who have made our city the cleanest it has been in more than 30 years.”

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