Boy George cannot be in 'Big Brother' rules judge

Wednesday December 23, 2009

Former Culture Club singer Boy George has lost a High Court battle to appear in the final series of Celebrity Big Brother.

The singer's lawyers had been trying to lift a Probation Service ban which prevented him appearing on the popular show.

The star - real name George O'Dowd - served time in prison for handcuffing male escort Audun Carlsen to a wall in his London home in April 2007, but was released early.

Judge Mr Justice Bean said the Probation Service was within its rights to refuse the star permission to appear.

"I consider that right-thinking members of the public would take the view that an offender serving the non-custodial part of a sentence of imprisonment should not be allowed to take part in a high profile, controversial television production, promoting his status as a celebrity and with considerable financial gain."

Boy George's legal team could now take the matter further to the Court Of Appeal, but it's not yet been confirmed that they will do so.

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