Boy George Gets 15-Month Jail Term

Guilty of 'gratuitous violence,' singer gets 15 months: judge
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2009 1:10 PM CST
In this Dec. 16, 2008 file photo, British singer Boy George performs onstage at Le Pigalle Club in central London.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
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(Newser) – A London court today sentenced Boy George to 15 months in prison for imprisoning an escort he accused of theft, the Telegraph reports. The judge called the pop star’s actions “gratuitous violence” that “traumatized” 29-year-old Audun Carlsen. The singer, 47, reportedly didn’t testify because he didn't want to embarrass his mother. “I couldn’t do it," his brother quoted George O'Dowd as saying. "She’s dying."