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Boy George 'enjoyed' street sweep
Boy George cleaning the streets
O'Dowd was sentenced in March
Pop star Boy George says he "quite enjoyed" his week-long stint cleaning the streets of New York.

The singer - real name George O'Dowd - was given the punishment for wasting police time after he falsely reported a burglary at an apartment in the city.

"I was treated really nicely, it was worth it," said the DJ and former Culture Club frontman.

He said when his mother, who worked as a cleaner, heard of his fate, she even offered to help him clean the streets.

Making a comeback

"I'm a nightmare, I tell her everything. She still gets shocked by the things I do," he said.

After being followed by press and photographers when he hit the streets, O'Dowd said: "She gets worried about things and on the first day I called her and I just said 'am I bothered?'"

New York is so clean now you could eat your dinner off its streets
Boy George
O'Dowd said he was more worried about the clothes he would be given to wear during his punishment.

"At first I thought I would have to wear an orange boiler suit. I don't look good in orange or a boiler suit with my short legs," he said.

"People were jumping out of manholes to see me and being really nice.

"The trick is just to do your job. You get tea breaks and stuff. It can be a real laugh. New York is so clean now you could eat your dinner off its streets."

The singer is planning a comeback with his first commercial single in eight years, Time Machine.

He is performing with Amanda Ghost, who co-wrote James Blunt's song You're Beautiful.


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