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Boy George charged with marijuana possession

LONDON2 -- Pop singer Boy George, who said he kicked drugs after his July heroin conviction, was charged today with possession of marijuana in a December incident.

The 26-year-old star, whose real name is George O'Dowd, was charged at London's Kentish Town police station with possessing 2.44 grams of cannbis on Dec. 20.

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The charge comes as Boy George enjoys his first hit single record in over two years -- 'Everything I Own.' The 'gender-bender' singer known for his sometimes effeminate dress is best-known for his hits with the group Culture Club -- 'Karma Chameleon' and 'Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.'

Boy George and friends Mark Golding and Mark Batham were detained in December after an all-night party. The three were later released but police said they found 'certain substances' suspected of being marijuana on two of the men and in a subsequent search of George's home.

Several hours after being released, Golding was found at a house unconscious from a drug overdose and died shortly afterward.

Golding was the second of Boy George's companions to die from drugs in a year. Earlier, American musician Michael Rudeski died several hours after participating in a recording session with Boy George.

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Police would not disclose when or where O'Dowd will appear in court on the new charge.

Boy George said in a recent interivew, 'I don't take drugs anymore but I'm not apologizing to anyone.'

Referring to his heroin use, he said, 'I'd like to make quite clear to my fans that I don't want anybody else to go through (it). I'm not saying it's been hell but it's been pretty bad.'

He said he was not upset by the fact that some people now think of him as a junkie.

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