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Boy George (George O'Dowd) (b. 1961)  
 
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[Most recently, Boy George has been in the news for run-ins with the law. In 2006, he was sentenced to community service after police found cocaine at his New York City apartment, where they had been summoned because of a false report the entertainer made about a burglary.

In 2008, George was charged in London with imprisoning a male escort in his London apartment. He was subsequently convicted of restraining the escort with handcuffs to a wall hook. George's attorney claimed that the singer "was not himself when addled by the habitual and relatively long-lasting using of illegal drugs." In January 2009, Boy George was sentenced to 15 months in prison for the offense.]

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    Bibliography
   

Bonisteel, James. "Interview with Boy George." Rational Alternative Digital Cyberzine Website. www.radcyberzine.com/text/interviews/boygeorge.int.3g.html.

Bono, Chastity. "Boy's life." The Advocate No.694 (November 14, 1995): 68-75.

Boy George. Take It Like a Man. New York: HarperTrade, 1995.

Collins, Nancy. "Boy George: He Wears the Pants in Culture Club." Rolling Stone, (June 7, 1984): 13-17.

Galvin, Peter. "Boy Will Be Boy." The Advocate No.762 (June 23, 1998): 103-112.

 

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    Author: Gianoulis, Tina  
    Entry Title: Boy George (George O'Dowd)  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2002  
    Date Last Updated January 16, 2009  
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