CeeLo Green Pleads No Contest To Drug Charges, Receives Community Service & 3 Years Probation
CeeLo Green has been sentenced to 3 year probation and 360 hours community service after pleading no contest to charges relating to a 2012 drug incident.
CeeLo Green appeared in an L.A. court on Friday (29th August) and pleaded no contest to the felony charge against him relating to an incident in 2012 where a woman accused Green of drugging her with MDMA/Ecstasy without her knowledge or consent.
CeeLo Green has been sentenced to three years probation and 360 hours of community service.
Green had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but changed his plea at the last minute. If Green had maintained his not guilty plea, evidence against him would have been disclosed at a preliminary hearing.
Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, was accused of furnishing a woman with an illegal substance. At the time charges of sexual assault were considered but not, as MTV reports, pursued by the L.A. District Attorney Office owing to lack of evidence. Green's legal representative maintains relations between Green and the unnamed woman were consensual.
The incident took place in July 2012 on the night of 13th and early hours of 14th. The woman in question was romantically connected to Green at the time, as TMZ reports, and had visited him on his tour dates around the US. The unnamed woman claimed Green slipped her a drug whilst they were in a restaurant together and she had no knowledge of what happened until she awoke the name morning, naked and in bed with Green.
Judge Mark Young, as Billboard reports, sentenced 39-year-old Green to 360 hours community service and three years probation. He must also attend 52 AA meetings with a private therapist and has to register as a controlled substance offender.
CeeLo Green photographed at an event for The Voice in November.
CeeLo Green performing at The Grove in Los Angeles at Christmas.