The former Culture Club singer is arraigned on criminal possession of a controlled substance

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated October 07, 2005 05:00 PM

Boy George s lawyer is denying that drugs found in the British singer’s apartment belonged to him, the Associated Press reports.

On Friday, the singer was arrested in New York on suspicion of possessing drugs and making a false police report after he called 911 and falsely said his home had been burglarized, police say.

The British-born 44-year-old singer, whose real name is George O’Dowd, phoned police from a Little Italy apartment around 3:14 a.m. and reported a burglary, said NYPD spokesman Detective Kevin Czartoryski. Officers arrived on the scene and discovered a small amount of cocaine adjacent to a computer.

The singer was arraigned on drug charges early Saturday and then released without bail. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, allegedly more than an eighth of an ounce of cocaine, said Barbara Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

“It was a small amount of drugs,” the singer’s lawyer Lou Freeman told the New York Post. “He does not know where it came from. He’s had a lot of people in his house.”

George is scheduled to return to court on the drug charges on Dec. 19. On Sunday, George returned to London, where he was greeted by a throng of reporters. “I am not speaking to anybody about it,” he told them. “Don’t ask me any questions because you are not going to get any answers at all. It’s nice to see you, though.”

This is not the performer’s first run-in with the law. In 1986, he was convicted for heroin possession in England. Two of his friends overdosed in the incident and George was forced into rehab.

The former Culture Club frontman, who performed in the autobiographical Broadway musical Taboo last year (disastrously produced by Rosie O Donnell), briefly embarked on a solo vocal career after leaving the group in 1987, before beginning a successful career as a DJ.

This year, he launched a fashion line, called B-Rude, and also announced that he is ready to sing again – telling New York s Daily News last month: “The next album will be reggae, but not Culture Club-reggae. White-boy reggae.”