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Boy George 'to fight drug charge'
Boy George
The former Culture Club singer did not enter a plea
Former pop singer Boy George is innocent and will fight charges of drug possession, his lawyer has said.

The British star was arrested on 7 October after police allegedly found the drug at his apartment in New York when they responded to a burglary call.

The singer - real name George O'Dowd - entered no plea when he appeared in court in Manhattan on Wednesday.

The case was adjourned until 8 March after lawyer Lou Freeman asked for more time to prepare the case.


The former Culture Club frontman, who has also worked as a DJ, was arrested after police found bags of cocaine in his apartment.

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

Speaking after the hearing, Mr Freeman said many people had been entertained at the apartment and Mr O'Dowd did not know who owned the drug.

He added: "He steadfastly maintains his innocence as to these charges.

"He's already pleaded not guilty, he continues that plea of not guilty in the strongest possible terms. He will fight these drug charges to prove his innocence."

Mr O'Dowd, 44, was charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance after his arrest.

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

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