Cee Lo Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, was charged today with a felony count of furnishing a controlled substance according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Good Morning America reports that Green pleaded not guilty to the charge. If convicted, he could face 4 years in prison.
"The Voice" star, Green, "allegedly slipped ecstacy to a 33-year-old female while the two were dining at a downtown Los Angeles restaurant sometime between July 13 and July 14, 2012," the DA's office said in a statement. Green, 39, and the woman later went back to her hotel, the statement added, but prosecutors declined to file a charge of rape, "citing insufficient evidence." Surprisingly, the woman had previously accused Green of spiking her drink.
Green had been in good spirits before he was charged today. In an interview with ABC News Radio, he said he was flattered that so many fans were rooting for the singer to win this season on "The Voice," a reality singing competition where Cee Lo Green is a celebrity coach and mentor to young talent. Other celebrity coaches on the show include Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Christina Aguilera.
"So many people are rooting for me to win. I hear it from everybody, 'It's your year!'" he said. "You know, even the guy at the gas station, I'm like, 'Give me 50 on two,' and he's like, 'Here ya go, also it's your year!' So many people are married to this show, so it's great."
NBC has so far declined to comment about his future with the show in light of the case.
According to CNN, Green's attorney Blair Berk issued a statement Monday afternoon saying she and Green were pleased with the prosecutor's conclusion "that the evidence did not support the false and unfounded claims made over a year ago."
"Mr. Green encouraged a full and complete investigation of those claims and he was confident once conducted he would be cleared of having any wrongful intent and it would be established that any relations were consensual. CeeLo had faith that if the true facts were known the district attorney would reject those charges."
Green "will responsibly address" the drug charge in court, Berk said.
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