UK singer Boy George banned in US!
According to reports, the “Karma Chameleon” singer has been refused a visa for the US leg of his summer tour (which was to include a special performance for his former colleagues at New York’s Department of Sanitation) over complications arising from the singer’s criminal past and pending his London trial this November. The singer, whose full name is George O’Dowd, pleaded not guilty in February to falsely imprisoning a male escort (chained him to a wall in his London apartment). He was released on bail. Boy George’s rep said the singer was “devastated” he would not be able to play in the States for what would have been the first time in a decade.
The singer’s management said in a statement: “George is astounded at the decision and is having lawyers here in the States look at it in the hope that someone will change their mind. George has not been convicted of anything in London and there is a presumption in the Western World of innocence until proven guilty.” His management continues: “He is clearly not considered any form of risk. George really would love to come to America and repay his American fans’ loyalty, and that is why we are asking the U.S. authorities to reconsider their decision.”