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Boy George fails to show up for court date

June 19, 2006 at 1:46 PM

NEW YORK, June 19 (UPI) -- A New York judge issued a warrant for Boy George after the former Culture Club singer failed to show for a court date last week.

George was expected in court Friday to explain his reasons for wanting to change his October 2005 sentence. He had pleaded guilty to falsely reporting a burglary to avoid jail for drug possession. When police responded to his 911 call in March, they found more than 13 bags of cocaine in his New York City apartment, E! Online reported.

George had been sentenced to five days of community service, rehab and payment of a $1,000 fine.

Judge Anthony Ferrara said George had not paid the fine nor contacted the office in charge of community service. He rejected the singer's community service proposals to hold a fashion and makeup workshop as a community service effort or to act as deejay for an HIV/AIDS benefit.

Assistant District Attorney Crain Ortner objected to any commutation of the singer's sentence.

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