Boy George was jailed for 15 months today for handcuffing a male escort to a wall and beating him with a metal chain.
The 47-year-old former Culture Club singer, whose real name is George O’Dowd, imprisoned Audun Carlsen during a drug-fuelled naked photoshoot at his flat in Shoreditch, east London.
Sentencing the musician at Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London, Judge David Radford told him he was guilty of “gratuitous violence”.
The judge condemned his “premeditated”, “callous”, and “degrading” drug-fuelled actions which “traumatised” his victim.
The judge added: “He was denied his dignity.”
Mr Carlsen, a 29-year-old Norwegian, fled in his underpants and alerted police after the attack in April 2007.
Violence had flared after O’Dowd accused Mr Carlsen of stealing photos of himself from a laptop, taken when the pair met three months earlier.
O’Dowd has previous convictions for going equipped for theft as a juvenile in 1977, and a Class B drugs offence 10 years later.
He was given community service in New York in 2006 after pleading guilty to falsely reporting a burglary at his apartment in the city.