Boy George Gets Outta Jail

Boy George fans rejoice – your hero is once again a free man. The Culture Club singer was released from jail early for good behavior after being sentenced for trying to hold a male prostitute hostage in his apartment.

Boy George, whose real name is George O’Dowd, was released from Edmunds Hill Prison in Suffolk, England after serving four months of his fifteen-month sentence, according to Britain’s Daily Mirror.

The 47-year-old ‘80s pop star was convicted on Jan. 16 of false imprisonment and assault of male escort (or as they say in the U.K., “rent boy”) Audun Carlsen.

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Le Pigalle Club, London, England

The judge accused O’Dowd of “gratuitous violence” that was “premeditated” and “callous,” adding that his 29-year-old victim had been “deprived of his liberty and his human dignity.”

Back in April 2007, O’Dowd handcuffed Carlsen to a wall hook in his East London apartment and then swung at him with a metal chain.

O’Dowd’s explanation? He was forced to restrain Carlsen because he had to figure out if the prostitute had messed with his computer.

After being held hostage by O’Dowd for under an hour, Carlsen was able to free himself from the handcuffs and his prison guard, running into the streets in his underwear, screaming for help.

O’Dowd’s lawyer admitted that his client’s career had hit rock bottom and said O’Dowd and Carlsen were “two drug-crazed idiots,” according to the Daily Mirror.

After being released from jail, O’Dowd must now wear an ankle monitor tag and obey a curfew for the next 11 months, the remainder of his sentence.

Read the Daily Mirror story here.