Boy George arrested on assault charge


LONDON - British singer Boy George was arrested and released on bail after a 28-year-old man accused the former Culture Club frontman of "false imprisonment and common assault".

A police spokeswoman said he had been bailed to appear in July pending further inquiries.

The alleged incident took place in the early hours of Saturday in east London.

Representatives for the singer, whose real name is George O'Dowd, were not immediately available for comment.

But his brother Kevin was quoted by the NME music magazine as saying that George was not annoyed and found the allegations "hilarious".

The arrest was the latest run-in with the law for the 45-year-old cross-dressing lead singer of British 1980s chart-toppers Culture Club.

Last year he was ordered to sweep the streets of Manhattan by a U.S. court after charges stemming from an incident when police responded to his call reporting a burglary and found cocaine in his apartment.