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Cee Lo Green pleads not guilty to drugging dinner date

By Anthony McCartney

AP Entertainment Writer

LAST UPDATED: 01:25 a.m. HST, Oct 22, 2013

LOS ANGELES >> Cee Lo Green pleaded not guilty on Monday to giving a woman ecstasy at a Los Angeles restaurant during a 2012 dinner, and prosecutors declined to file a rape count against the singer because of insufficient evidence.

Green, 38, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, appeared in court hours after prosecutors charged him with one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance. He could face four years in prison if convicted.

Green spoke only once during a brief arraignment hearing to acknowledge he understood the court's scheduling of his case.

He sat in a front row of the courtroom with his girlfriend while waiting for a bondsman to post his $30,000 bail. His case is due back in court on Nov. 20.

Green was pleased that the rape charge was rejected and will address the ecstasy count in court, his attorney Blair Berk wrote in a statement.

She said any sexual contact between her client and the woman was consensual.

"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," Berk wrote. She declined further comment.

Green is the Grammy-winning singer of the hit "Forget You" and performed as part of the duo Gnarls Barkley. He appears as a judge on NBC's "The Voice" competition show. The network declined comment on the charge.

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bully106 wrote:
eeewwww, C Lo.... you lolo. i choose Christina!
on October 21,2013 | 12:58PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Have you seen this piece of work? No wonder he has to drug the ladies.
on October 21,2013 | 01:10PM
Ulalei wrote:
the judge hearing the case had his back turned to the courtroom while he listened to the arguments
on October 21,2013 | 01:17PM
salsacoquibx wrote:
She heard THE VOICE..lol
on October 21,2013 | 01:49PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Tom Callaway? I always thought his real name was Green. But I know the real name of that song is not "Forget You".
on October 21,2013 | 02:38PM
krusha wrote:
You figure these guys would be more careful since they are always in the spotlight. Just one incident like this can sink a career, so he's lucky he got off easy, but it may be more due to the fact that he can afford the best lawyers that money can buy. Any other person probably would have had the book thrown at them.
on October 22,2013 | 06:48AM
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