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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Singer Cee Lo Green sentenced on drugs charge

Published 29/08/2014 | 19:24

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 03:  Cee Lo Green, singer and coach on the television show 'The Voice', appears in court on February 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Green has been accused of slipping ecstasy to a woman through her drink at dinner in a downtown L.A. restaurant.    (Photo by Mario Anzuoni-Pool/Getty Images)
Cee Lo Green during an appearance in court in February (Photo by Mario Anzuoni-Pool/Getty Images)

US singer Cee Lo Green has pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles.

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The Grammy-winning singer entered the plea during a brief court hearing today. He also entered a special plea in which he maintained his innocence in the case.

Superior Court Judge Mark Young sentenced the 39-year-old singer to three years of formal probation. He said Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, will be allowed to travel for work.

Green entered the plea just before a preliminary hearing, which would have disclosed potential evidence against him, was scheduled to begin.

Prosecutors rejected a rape charge against Green when he was charged with the felony drug charge in October 2013.

His attorney Blair Berk has said Green had consensual sex with the woman he allegedly gave ecstasy to during the 2012 dinner.

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