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Boy George court case postponed
Boy George
Boy George was released without bail following the October arrest
A New York judge has postponed a court appearance by DJ Boy George over drug possession charges to February 2006.

Criminal Court Judge Patricia Nunez granted the adjourment at the request of both the defence and prosecution.

Boy George, whose real name is George O'Dowd, is scheduled to appear in court in Manhattan on 1 February.

The former Culture Club singer was arrested on 7 October after cocaine was found at his New York home by police responding to a burglary call.

The 44-year-old performer called police about a possible break-in at his apartment in Manhattan on 7 October 2005.

Officers searching Mr O'Dowd's apartment allegedly found a small amount of cocaine next to a computer, police said.

He could face up to five-and-a-half years in prison if found guilty.


Legal papers allege substances found in the 13 plastic bags weighed more than one-eighth of an ounce (3.5g) of cocaine.

A lawyer for the singer denied at the time that the drugs belonged to Mr O'Dowd.

Mr O'Dowd was excused from attending court on Monday to allow him to work on literary and recording projects in the UK.

Asked how the case was progressing, assistant district attorney Craig Ortner said he and Mr O'Dowd's lawyer, Lewis Freeman, had held discussions.

Mr Freeman said they had not entered into any plea negotiations.

Mr O'Dowd became addicted to heroin in the 1980s, but kicked the habit to become a solo artist and DJ.

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