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Boy George escort is 'unreliable'

Boy George aka George O'Dowd
Boy George will not face cross-examination during his trial

A male escort who claims he was attacked by the singer Boy George "can't really be relied upon", jurors have been told.

Auden Carlsen, 29, accuses the former Culture Club frontman of handcuffing him and beating him with a metal chain.

Boy George accuses Mr Carlsen of stealing photographs of himself.

The singer, being tried under his real name George O'Dowd, denies one count of false imprisonment at this flat in Shoreditch, east London, in April 2007.

'Entire fantasy'

"I respectfully suggest you wouldn't want to rely upon him," said Adrian Waterman QC, defending.

Mr Waterman, in his closing speech, said a dispute between the two men was over Mr Carlsen's alleged tampering with Mr O'Dowd's computer.

The court has heard that O'Dowd admitted to police he handcuffed Mr Carlsen to his bed while he investigated the alleged tampering of the computer.

He denied to police that he had punched or assaulted Mr Carlsen or swung a chain at him as the escort fled the flat.

"The live issue was whether Audun Carlsen had stolen photographs and, in doing that, messed up George O'Dowd's computer," Mr Waterman said.

The trial continues.

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