Boy George set to discover Big Brother fate

FORMER Culture Club singer Boy George, 48, will know this morning whether he has been evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother (CBB) house before the programme starts.

The singer and DJ – real name George O’Dowd – is seeking the High Court to quash a decision by the Probation Service banning him from the Channel 4 programme which begins on January 3.

He is free under licence after serving four months of his 15-month sentence for assaulting and falsely imprisoning male escort Audun Carlsen, 29.

Mr Justice Bean said he would give his ruling today.

Alison MacDonald, representing Boy George, told the judge that the singer was challenging the probation service’s decision to revoke the permission given by his supervising probation officer allowing him to appear on the show.

She said the decision was based on fears that the service “would get another kicking” in the media if Boy George was allowed to appear and it would undermine public confidence in the justice system.

But she said the probation service licence was designed to monitor the singer’s behaviour, protect the public and rehabilitate rather than punish him.

Boy George had admitted that heroin and other drugs had “got him into trouble” and that under their influence he had behaved “in an appalling way” towards Mr Carlsen, he deeply regretted it and “wholly deserved” his prison sentence.

Newspaper reports say he has already agreed a £200,000 (€225,000) fee to take part in the show.

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