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Boy George jailed for 15 months

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  • Former Culture Club singer jailed for falsely imprisoning a male escort
  • The victim, Audun Carlsen, claimed he was also beaten with a chain
  • Boy George, whose real name is George O'Dowd, has battled drug addiction
  • He spent 5 days cleaning the streets of Manhattan in 2006 on community order
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Karma caught up with former Culture Club singer Boy George on Friday when a court sentenced the star to 15 months for falsely imprisoning a male escort, a court spokeswoman said.

George O'Dowd, also known as Boy George, arrives at Snaresbrook Crown Court, in east London.

George O'Dowd, also known as Boy George, arrives at Snaresbrook Crown Court, in east London.

Full details of the sentence weren't immediately clear.

A jury unanimously found the pop star and DJ, whose real name is George O'Dowd, guilty of the charge last month after a seven-day trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court in northeast London.

The jury determined O'Dowd, 47, had chained male escort Audun Carlsen to a wall at his apartment in London's hip Shoreditch neighborhood. Carlsen had also said the singer beat him with a metal chain. Video Watch as Boy George arrives at court »

O'Dowd, who maintained his innocence, came to court Friday sporting a multicolored tattoo on his bald head, none of his trademark makeup, and a black winter coat.

The star quit Culture Club in 1987 after a string of hits with the group, including "Karma Chameleon," "Do you really want to hurt me?" and "Church of the Poison Mind."

He has since become a DJ and revived his singing career, releasing a single last year called "Yes we can," inspired by Barack Obama and featuring clips of the U.S. president-elect.

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O'Dowd is no stranger to the law. In August 2006, he spent five days cleaning the streets of Manhattan as part of a community service sentence for falsely reporting a break-in at his New York City home.

He has also publicly battled drug addiction.

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