Normally, in situations like these, you say something like “How far they’ve fallen”, but for Boy George, who had hit rock bottom several times, today’s news that he will be sentenced to 15 months in prison for handcuffing escort Auden Carlsen to a bed while rummaging through his computer, the correct analogy is to say, “Wow, not only has he fallen, he’s gone and found a well, fell down that too and then once there, started digging.”
The Guardian (naturally) has all the details on George’s sentencing, which are few (“Dude’s going to prison”), but still able to drum up a media circus in London, where they still apparantley care about the washed-up musician whose last mainstream success was more than two decades ago:
“Passing sentence at Snaresbrook crown court, east London, Judge David Radford said the singer’s offence was “so serious that only an immediate sentence of imprisonment can be justified”.
“Whilst I accept that Mr Carlsen’s physical injuries were not serious or permanent, in my view there can be no doubt that your premeditated, callous and humiliating hand-cuffing and detention of Mr Carlsen shocked, degraded and traumatised.” Carlsen, he added, had been “deprived of his liberty and his human dignity”.
During O’Dowd’s trial last month, the jury was told that he had invited Carlsen into his bedroom after a naked photo session, during which they took cocaine.
He then ambushed him together with the help of an unnamed man. Carlsen said the atmosphere changed when O’Dowd returned to the flat after ostensibly popping out to buy milk and cigarettes. The altercation apparently stemmed from O’Dowd’s belief that Carlsen had attempted to hack into his computer.
O’Dowd told him: “Now you’re going to get what you deserve.” Carlsen said he was then beaten and handcuffed to a wall fixture. When O’Dowd returned to the room with a box of leather straps, chains and sex toys, he said: “Now you’re going to get it.”