Boy George avoids jail
13:30 27 June 2006
Boy George has avoided jail after admitting to wasting police time.
Despite his reprieve, the 'Karma Chameleon' singer has been reprimanded for not complying with the terms of his probation over a drugs charge.
During a hearing at Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday (27.06.06), Judge Anthony Ferrara told George: "I'm not going to give you another chance."
The judge was furious after the former Culture Club frontman - real name George O'Dowd - failed to complete his community service sentence.
Ferrara warned: "You have to do the community service. It's up to you whether you make it an exercise in humiliation or in humility.
"If you don't do the community service, I'll make you a promise, you're going through that door to the cells."
After being given his assignment by probation officers, George joked: "I'm going to be teaching basketball in Harlem."
Meanwhile, Culture Club are to reunite without their flamboyant lead singer.
The advert for the vacant position reads: "We want a unique vocalist with a brilliant voice to take part in a 2007 World Tour and TV series.
"We do not want a karaoke Boy George 'lookalike' but a charismatic and unique performer in his or her own right with something truly fresh, contemporary and original to offer."
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