"Boy George Handcuffed Me To The Wall"

Shocking court claims of male model
Tuesday , 25 November 2008
"Boy George Handcuffed Me To The Wall"

Eighties pop star BOY GEORGE handcuffed a male model to a hook on his bedroom wall after he took naked photographs of the man, a London court has heard.

The jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London was told at the start of the trial on Monday how the former Culture Club frontman lured AUDUN CARLSEN to the bedroom of his home in east London, where another man was waiting.

Carlsen was bundled to the floor before George slipped one end of a pair of handcuffs over his right wrist, it was claimed.

The Karma Chameleon singer then allegedly attached the other end to a hook on the wall, but after a brief struggle Carlsen managed to escape.

The jury heard that the singer and DJ - real name George O'Dowd - had fallen out with Norwegian Carlsen earlier after taking photos of him in a series of poses.

Prosecutor Heather Norton said George first met Carlsen in January 2007.

He took pictures of the model, but the pair reportedly fell out when George accused Carlsen of tampering with his computer.

They later made up, and Carlsen returned to the flat in Shoreditch, east London in April last year - when he was allegedly grabbed in a bedroom by the singer and another man.

Norton told the jury, "Mr O'Dowd produced handcuffs and placed one end over Mr Carlsen's right wrist. The other handcuff was placed to a hook that was affixed to a wall above the end of the bed.

"Mr O'Dowd told the unidentified man to leave, which he did, then Mr O'Dowd too left the room, leaving Mr Carlsen alone, chained up. While he was unable to get loose, he managed to wrench the hook free."

After a struggle, Carlsen managed to escape, and reported the incident to police.

George denies a charge of false imprisonment.

The trial continues.