November 24, 2008 / 5:04 PM / 10 years ago

Boy George in court for false imprisonment trial

LONDON (Reuters) - Singer Boy George handcuffed a male escort to the wall of his London home after accusing him of hacking into his computer, a court heard on Monday at the start of his trial on false imprisonment charges.

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

The former Culture Club frontman, being tried under his real name George O’Dowd, made contact with 29-year-old Audun Carlsen over the Internet and the pair arranged to meet for a pornographic photo shoot, the Press Association reported.

Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London heard how the meeting appeared to be going well until O’Dowd started to suspect Carlsen of hacking into his computer.

But they parted on good terms and the singer paid the younger man 300 of the 400 pounds ($596) they had agreed.

Over the next few weeks, they exchanged emails in which the singer accused Carlsen of breaking into his computer system and the pair also disagreed over the naked pictures.

But in later emails, O’Dowd said he would like to see Carlsen naked and they agreed to meet for a second time.

It was during this encounter that O’Dowd appeared to “take matters into his own hands,” prosecuting lawyer Heather Norton said, and chained up the younger man.

Carlsen told the court that a second man helped hold him down while O’Dowd beat him.

“George was slapping me and beating me and punching me and screaming things,” he said.

Carlsen said he managed to escape after unscrewing a hook from the wall, and the court was shown photographs of red welts on his head and injuries to his arm which he said had been inflicted during the attack.

O’Dowd denies the charges against him. The case continues.

Writing by Mike Collett-White, editing by Mark Trevelyan

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