Boy George admitted handcuffing escort

Mon Dec 1, 2008 1:16pm EST
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By Kylie MacLellan

LONDON (Reuters) - Singer Boy George admitted to police that he handcuffed a male escort to his bed and threatened him, but was not going to kill him, a court heard on Monday at his trial on false imprisonment charges.

Jurors at the trial of the former Culture Club frontman, being tried under his real name George O'Dowd, were played a recording of his police interview in April 2007.

"I absolutely admit I had him in the handcuffs, so he wouldn't go anywhere while I checked the computer. I certainly wasn't going to kill him, that's hardly going to do my career any good is it?" he told police.

O'Dowd, 47, met Norwegian male escort Audun Carlsen over the Internet and the pair arranged to meet for a pornographic photo shoot.

But the relationship turned sour after O'Dowd became suspicious that Carlsen was hacking into his computer and stealing the photos to use on his website.

Carlsen has accused O'Dowd of chaining him up on their second meeting at the singer's east London flat and beating him with a chain.

O'Dowd admitted to police that he had hit Carlsen before, but only through choice.

"You can't spank anyone if they don't want you to," he said, asserting that on the occasion in question he had not punched or assaulted the escort.   Continued...

<p>Singer Boy George, whose real name is George O'Dowd, leaves Snaresbrook Crown Court, in east London November 24, 2008. REUTERS/Andrew Winning</p>