June 24, 2008 / 12:39 AM / 10 years ago

Boy George denied U.S. visa for planned tour

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Culture Club frontman Boy George’s North American summer tour is in doubt after U.S. authorities refused to issue him a visa, citing looming legal issues overseas.

British singer George O'Dowd, professionally known as Boy George, leaves Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London February 28, 2008. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico

George’s 24-date trek is scheduled to begin July 11 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, and wrap August 23 at the House of Blues in Dallas.

“At the moment, Boy George cannot come to the United States of America because he has been refused permission to enter by the USA Administration,” read a statement from the artist’s management. “This is not in respect of anything he has done in the past but because he is facing a trial in November in London for something that happened in April last year.”

George was arrested last year after a 28-year-old male escort from Norway accused the singer/DJ of false imprisonment and assault. George later denied the allegations and was released on bail.

“George’s lawyers in London have absolutely forbidden us to speak about the facts of that case and all I can say is that George is astounded at the decision and is having lawyers here in the States look at it in the hope that someone will change their mind,” the statement continued. “George really would love to come to America and repay his American fans loyalty and that is why we are asking the US Authorities to reconsider their decision.”

In 2001, George supported the release of his “Essential Mix” collection with a brief DJ-tour of the U.S. George has also toured and performed DJ sets in Australia, Asia, Europe and Canada.


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