Singer Boy George failed to name the man he is accused of handcuffing at his home when he told police his laptop had been hacked, a London court has heard.
The former Culture Club frontman, real name George O'Dowd, is said to have chained male escort Audun Carlsen to a hook on his bedroom wall at his London apartment after suspecting him of tampering with his computer.
But a police officer who spoke to the singer about the alleged incident told jurors O'Dowd did not name Carlsen - believing an ex-employee was responsible.
Snaresbrook Crown Court heard O'Dowd reported to police last year (07) that personal data and pictures had been stolen from his laptop.
Detective Constable Matthew Foy said: "He told me that photographs had been stolen from his computer by an ex-employee. He said the employee had worked for him and may have seen him type his password into the computer."
The officer added that O'Dowd said "nothing at all" about suspecting Carlsen of involvement - and when police examined the computer they could find no evidence it had been tampered with.
The jury has been told O'Dowd met Carlsen through a gay website and took naked photos of him at the singer's east London home. It is claimed that when Carlsen returned to the property several months later, O'Dowd lured him into the bedroom and handcuffed him to a hook on the wall.
Carlsen claims he wrenched himself free and fled the property.
O'Dowd denies false imprisonment.
The trial continues.