Boy George's name was once again dragged into the gutter this week after a male escort claimed the 80s pop star had imprisoned him in his flat.The former Culture Club frontman was arrested after Auden Carlsen fled the singer's London home in his underwear and called police claiming he had visited to pose for photographs for Boy George and had been grabbed and handcuffed to the wall.The 'Karma Chameleon' singer - who has openly admitted to paying for sex - met the 28-year-old Norwegian on gay dating website Gaydar, where the 'male model' allegedly offers his services as a £400 a night escort.This latest unfolding in George's roller coaster life story comes less than a year after Boy George was humiliated as he cleaned the streets of New York after being sentenced to community service for lying to the police.The star had called police to his flat in a paranoid and hysterical state claiming he had been burgled, only to be found in possession of 13 bags of cocaine.True to form, Boy George refuses to be beaten and has laughed off Carlsen's allegations.His brother Kevin said: "George isn't at all annoyed at the allegations, in fact, he thinks it's hilarious.

"Yeah, he was arrested, but the police are always going to follow it up when someone makes a complaint like that."

But is this latest sordid tale the final nail in the coffin of the singer's reputation?

George was launched upon the 80s pop scene after his loud and unusual transgender image caught the eye of music mogul Malcolm McLaren.

He stood out with his flare of bright, wild clothes, heavy makeup and his openness about sex and homosexuality.

After forming Culture Club, George soon became a household name with hits including 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?' and 'Karma Chameleon'.

There was nothing quiet and sensible about Boy George, he was loud, garish and very outspoken.

The singer was also struggling with a heroin addiction and often appeared in public high on drugs, and even tried to perform whilst under the influence.

This also led to addictions to cocaine and other drugs.

In 1986 Culture Club's keyboard player, Michael Rudetski, died of a heroin overdose while staying at Boy George's London home. The same year, Boy George was arrested for possessing cannabis. And, eventually the drug use and in-band fighting led to Culture Club's demise.

But George checked into rehab and conquered his heroin addiction. He emerged a Buddhist and had also developed a love of dance music and turned to DJing.

He published his first autobiography, 'Take It Like A Man' in 1995, in which he spoke out about his drug problems and conquering his demons.

George moved to the US and penned a musical 'Taboo' about the 80s gay clubbing scene which opened on Broadway, while George continued as a DJ.

Though keeping a resonably low profile, the singer was still very outspoken about other artists.

He famously slammed Madonna, branding her a drag queen.

He said: "If Madonna were a drag queen, she would be called Ruth Less.

"I don't think the word 'warm' comes to mind with Madonna. Ice is the word that springs to mind."

He also criticised Elton John for 'marrying' his long-term partner David Furnish in a civil ceremony in 2005.

George said: "I've spent many years being abused for being gay and I love being gay.

"But Elton getting married, what is that?

"I was raised to be an alien. Now don't tell me I can be normal. It's too late."

In 2005 Boy George called police to his New York home claiming to be burgled. Police found no evidence of a burglary, but the singer was arrested and charged with possession of a Class A drug.

It emerged that the 45-year-old called the authorities after a prostitute he had invited to his apartment demanded he hand over money in his home.

A source told the New York Post newspaper: "George said 'no' and said he was going to call the police.

"The prostitute said, 'Go ahead and you'll go to jail.' So George freaked out because he was high, called the police, the prostitute left, and George got arrested."

According to a police source, George did not mention the escort during questioning and claimed the drugs belonged to someone else.

His lawyer, Louis M Freeman said at the time: "Boy George doesn't know where the drugs are from. He's a very social person. He has a lot of people over to his apartment."

George was taken into custody at NYPD's Fifth Precinct station, in Chinatown, and according to arresting officers, repeatedly asked for a mug of hot chocolate to calm his nerves.

One officer said: "All he asked for was a cup of hot chocolate and then he slept like a baby."

The officer also revealed the star was a mere shadow of the glamorous Culture Club frontman he had once been.

He added: "He was just out of it. He had on these scruffy sweat pants and a T-shirt that was half pulling up, so he had this big belly sticking out. I just thought, 'This is the great Boy George? A star?' He was a complete mess."

In 2006 the courts dropped the drugs charges against the singer. But he pleaded guilty to wasting police time and he was sentenced to five days of community service and fined $1,000 (£575). He also had to pay court costs of $160 (£91) and was ordered to attend a drug rehabilitation programme.

George said in March 2006: "I am relieved and happy that this case has been disposed of.

"I love New York and I'm looking forward to coming back and working in the States later this year."

The singer said he had been allowed to choose his community service and opted to work at a hospice for HIV sufferers.

However, he failed to carry out his sentence and in June 2006 he was back in the New York courts being reprimanded.

Judge Anthony Ferrara told George: "I'm not going to give you another chance.

"You have to do the community service. It's up to you whether you make it an exercise in humiliation or in humility.

"If you don't do the community service, I'll make you a promise - you're going through that door to the cells."

The star was then told he would have to fulfil his sentence by picking up litter on the streets of New York.

Although George joked "I've always been a scrubber", nothing could have prepared him for the humiliation of donning a regulation orange vest and workman's boots to clean the pavements as the world looked on last August.

He was hounded by crowds of paparazzi and the pictures of him literally in the gutter were printed in newspapers worldwide.

Despite a concerted effort to keep his head down and get on with it, George did lose his temper at one point, sweeping some leaves at photographer and snapping "It's supposed to be making me humble. Why don't you just let me do it?"

When he had finished his final day the singer announced: "I'm going to go off and have a huge glass of champagne."

But although George paid his penance, he may not have learnt his lesson.

In a Channel 4 documentary after the event, he revealed he had no problem with paying male escorts for sex, and even lauded the profession.

He said: "I like gay sex.

"Straight people have been doing it for years. Prostitution is the oldest, most respected profession.

"I don't think there's anything wrong with it".

And it appears George has continued to indulge in his taste for male escorts, if the allegations about where he met Carlsen are true.

The young Norwegian described his version of the events which unfolded at George's house in the early hours of April 28 to Britain's The Sun newspaper, saying: "I was convinced I was going to die."

Carlsen claimed that after meeting with George through Gaydar, he agreed to go to the singer's home at midnight in exchange for £400 to model for photographs.

He claimed that after George took photos of him in some erotic outfits, an unidentified man leapt on him and handcuffed him to a hook on the wall in a bedroom.

Carlsen said: "George said he was popping out for milk at 5am.

"I heard him come back and I walked into his bedroom wearing just my white underpants and a T-shirt. I was jumped on by George and another man.

When the accomplice left, George allegedly produced a box of whips and other sex toy. George then reportedly told him "Now you'll get what you deserve."

The 28-year-old claimed he then wrenched the hook out of the wall and fled in his underwear to a local newsagent, where he called the police at about 6.30am.

George was arrested on suspicion of assault and false imprisonment and was bailed after being questioned by police.

It is another sordid tale of illicit goings on involving strangers the singer-turned-DJ has invited to his home.

But, for a man who has made his name from being taboo, who has battled drug addictions and been court-ordered to clean the streets, has it really damaged Boy George's reputation.

Or just added further colour to this chameleon's character?

By Albertina Lloyd.

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