News

CeeLo Green pleads not guilty to ecstacy charge

CeeLo Green pleads not guilty to ecstacy charge

PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Grammy Award winning R&B singer and "The Voice" TV judge CeeLo Green (L), confers with attorney Blair Berk in Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, California Oct. 21, 2013. Photo: Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Grammy-winning R&B singer and “The Voice” TV judge CeeLo Green pleaded not guilty on Monday to a felony charge of giving the drug ecstasy to a woman without her knowledge while the two were dining, prosecutors said.

Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, was charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office with one count of furnishing a controlled substance.

Green entered the plea in a Los Angeles court and faces up to four years in state prison if convicted.

The singer “slipped” ecstasy to the 33-year-old woman while the two were dining at a Los Angeles restaurant in July 2012, according to prosecutors.

The woman said she did not know that Green had given her the drug, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

Ecstasy is a lab-produced drug that acts as a stimulant and can cause hallucinations.

Green, 39, and the unnamed woman went back to her hotel room after dinner, prosecutors said.

Celebrity website TMZ.com reported last year that the woman had filed a police report accusing Green of sexual assault. Robison said the alleged victim had contacted the police.

Prosecutors, however, said there was insufficient evidence to charge Green with rape of an intoxicated person.

Green’s attorney, Blair Berk, said she was happy the “evidence did not support the false and unfounded claims made over a year ago.”

“Mr. Green encouraged a full and complete investigation of those claims and he was confident once conducted he would be cleared of having any wrongful intent and it would be established that any relations were consensual,” Berk said in a statement.

“As it relates to the one charge of furnishing or sharing ecstasy, Mr. Green will responsibly address that matter in a court of law but not comment on it further out of respect for the process,” she added.

The singer was ordered to post $30,000 to remain free on bail, and is due back in court on Nov. 20, Robison said.

Green, a Georgia native, is best known for his 2010 hit song “Forget You,” and is a judge on “The Voice,” NBC’s reality singing competition. He is also half of soul music duo Gnarls Barkley, best known for songs such as the 2006 smash hit “Crazy.”

He has won five Grammy awards including three as a solo artist.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Daughter reveals Joan Rivers is still on life support

Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the premiere of the documentary "Joan Rivers - A Piece Of Work" during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 25, 2010.

Comedian Joan Rivers remains on life support after being hospitalized in serious condition due to cardiac arrest.

in Music

Paul McCartney urges Scots to shun independence

Sir Paul McCartney performs with his band during the "Out There" Tour at the Times Union Center on Saturday, July 5, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.

Paul McCartney has signed an open letter to Scottish voters urging them to choose 'No' in a crucial poll over plans for the nation to break away from the rest of the U.K.

in Sports

Indianapolis Colts owner pleads guilty to intoxicated driving

James Irsay, owner of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters March 17, 2014.

Billionaire James Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, was arrested in March after failing roadside field-sobriety tests.

in Sports

Phillies’ Cole Hamels, bullpen combine for no-hitter

Sep 1, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) throws the ball against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Turner Field.

Cole Hamels set up a combined no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies as they beat the Atlanta Braves 7-0 at Turner Field in Atlanta.

in Weird

Delta flight diverted over reclining seat dispute

A Delta Air Lines jet takes off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va., Monday, July 28, 2014. In a victory for airlines and their workers' unions, the House rejected consumers' complaints and passed legislation letting airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before taxes and fees are added.

An argument over leg room and reclining seats forced a Florida-bound flight from New York to divert to a different airport.