Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Boy George Denied US Visa, Can't Give NYC Concert

In this March 8, 2006 file photo, Boy George, whose real name is George O'Dowd, exits Manhattan criminal court in New York. O'Dowd has been denied a U.S. visa, because authorities say he's awaiting trial in London. The Culture Club frontman had planned a free concert for the New York City Department of Sanitation's Family Day in August. He worked for the department in 2006 while performing court-ordered community service in a drug case. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — Do they really want to hurt him? That's the question Boy George's managers are asking U.S. authorities now that the 47-year-old singer has been denied a visa to enter the country.
The Culture Club frontman, whose real name is George O'Dowd, had planned a U.S. tour this summer, including a free concert at the New York City Department of Sanitation's Family Day in August. He worked for the department in 2006 while performing court-ordered community service in a drug case.
His managers said in a statement Monday that O'Dowd has been denied a visa because he's awaiting trial in London.
The singer, whose hits include "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" and "Karma Chameleon," has pleaded not guilty to imprisoning a man at his London home.
The U.S. Department of State said visa records are confidential so it couldn't comment.

Courtesy of embarq.com

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