What undermines the criminal justice system is Boy George only serving 4 months of a 15 month sentence in the first place.
What a scumbag, who would want to see that idiot on the box?
I think its most people’s view that there was more to this case than came out in court, and having spoken to two ‘models’ (as that appears to be what we’re calling them these days) who had previously visited George to provide …. services ….. it was entirely clear what sort of services George was after when they got there.
My feeling therefore is that the ‘victim’ may well have been the one that did the time in this case.
That said, in all the interviews that I have seen George take part in since being released from prison, he has seemed very sincere in saying that prison did him good, grounded him, and helped keep him away from drink and drugs, which I understand has continued since his release.
I am not aware that he has ever sensationalised or glamourised prison, and I would have though he actually made quite a positive ambassador for the criminal justice system, if such a thing exists.
Abi1975. I couldnt have put it better myself. It would most definately undermine the probabtion service and there would be a huge public outcry.
No joy boy.
Boy George finnished his short carrer in a Junkies haze and is paying the piper!
No 1: “What undermines the criminal justice system is Boy George only serving 4 months of a 15 month sentence in the first place. ”
But what undermines the sentence Boy George received, is the fact that Auden Carlsen who brought the charges, sold an interview for cash before the sentence.
You drag a poor boy out of the gutter, throw loads of cash at him and that brings instant respect to the trash magazine readers of this world.
This man is morally reprehensible with very little talent, he has continually shown he doesn’t warrant the adoration that is bestowed upon him. Drugs, Criminal convictions and a personality that shows utter contempt.
I am pleased that he isn’t allowed to boost his flagging career in a poor ratings television show, he will never show genuine remorse and is likely to re-offend. Four months out of a fifteen month sentence is by far not enough for his remarkable transformation from criminal with psychological problems to reformed character, pah! Unlikely story. If the Criminal Justice System wanted to make an example of George O’Dowd they should have left him where he was, Prison.
Four months served is in fact 4 months too many considering that the ‘victim’ in this case was a mercenary.
The ‘victim’ sold the story of his ‘ordeal’ to a Norwegian magazine for a cash payment BEFORE the case even went to trial. I am surprised the judge did not immediately throw the case out.
Granted Carlsen is a prostitute and well used to selling himself. But the fact that he sold the story to the press before justice could be served, throws serious doubts on his credibility.
I think the judge wanted to make an ‘example’ of George.
“undermine public confidence in the criminal justice system and threaten the reputation of the Probation Service.”
Is there any confidence in the criminal justice system
It seems to be doing a good enough job on it’s own in undermining confidence in it.
Oooh!! That’s a bit unfair. Boy George should be heralded as a gay icon, and all you do is throw abuse and insults at the misunderstood young homosexual. If that isn’t homophobia, I don’t know what is. You should all be ashamed of yourselves, and let the poor boy earn a decent living!!
I’m sorry. My tongue was so firmly planted in my cheek just then, I nearly choked. That said, many a true word spoken in jest, and it should be recognised what is anti-gay, and what is just simply anti-arsehole.
Middle aged portly men who pay young men for sex are not icons nor are people who get off on the idea of forced sex.
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SMH Online, 17 January, 2009
British pop star Boy George was jailed for 15 months for imprisoning a Norwegian male escort after a nude photoshoot, in what the judge called a “premeditated, callous and humiliating” assault.
The 47-year-old former Culture Club frontman was found guilty last month of handcuffing 29-year-old Audun Carlsen and beating him with a metal chain when he tried to escape the musician’s London apartment.
The singer and disc jockey, who stood trial under his real name George O’Dowd, admitted to police to handcuffing Carlsen to his bed on April 28, 2007, as he investigated the Norwegian’s alleged tampering with his computer.
But he denied assaulting Carlsen, or hitting him with a metal chain, suggesting to officers that the bruises suffered by the escort could have been there due to the fact that he was HIV positive.
O’Dowd was also ordered to pay £5,000 ($10,979.36) costs.
I don’t agree he has no talent. His voice has always been good but his antics have left him looking a complete arse. As for bleating that his time in prison helped him, rubbish, he served the minimum time and got off very lightly. Another person of no fame would have got far more.
Having recently shadowed staff at a London Probation office I really think that most probation officers would agree that they are under resourced, over worked and that they would rather focus their energy on the offenders who are a serious risk to others. Those clients being the gang members, repeat violent sex offenders and those with a forensic mental health history, George despite his many faults does not fall in to any of the above categories.
Short career? No Talent? I don’t think so and either do millions and millions of others. There really are some very jealous queens on here. Get a life, what have you done …. that’s right…nothing!
I’m with you James. Rightly or wrongly the guy got a prison sentence that he served without complaint. He didn’t stand up in court and ask to serve less time that he was sentenced to. That decision was made by others and is in line with national policy.
Just because you can sing does not mean you are an angel or can walk on water, he has succumbed to the same temptations that a lot of the rest of us have, and would if we had the means to pay for them.
The sniping and backbiting that has gone on here and on the Tom Cruise story is ugly, and suggests bitterness and jealousy more than anything else.