Boy George and Amelle Berrabah Both Arrested

The celebrity jail docket is busy today: Boy George has been arrested again today for another bizarre incident at his home. Apparently, the singer hooked up with a Norwegian “escort” on Gaydar.co.uk and invited him over to “pose for photographs.” But The Daily Mail reports that Mr. “Auden Carlsen, 28, claimed he was grabbed by the singer and another man and chained up.” Now George is slapped with false imprisonment and assault charges. The story does go on:

“I was convinced I was going to die,” [Carlsen] said. “George handcuffed me to a hook by the bed as they held me down.”

He alleges that Boy George, whose hits include “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?,” produced a box of whips and sex toys and told him: “Now you’ll get what you deserve.”

Who knows if this was just some kinky sex act gone wrong, or if our little Norwegian friend plans to extort money from the singer? (The fact that the dude is talking to anyone with a tape recorder seems to suggest the latter.) This incident really exposes the dangers that people like Boy George run into on the Internet. George is infamous for his online hookups; he admitted as much to The Observer, who interviewed him the last time he was arrested. When asked about the risks of finding partners on the Web, he responded:

I think both parties in those situations take a certain risk. But if you meet someone at a club and take them home, you’re also taking a risk. And I wouldn’t just say to someone on the internet, come round to my place – I’d meet them for coffee or something first.

So did George and Auden enjoy a caramel macchiato at the local Starbucks before they entered their little dungeon of desire?

And who was the elusive Third Man?

One good thing to come out of this: at least he didn’t call the cops on his own ass this time.

Amelle Berrabah isn’t handling being the new Sugababe so well: the gorgeous British pop star, Mutya Buena‘s replacement in the girl trio, went to the clink for assault after allegedly pummeling an 18-year-old woman at a bar.

The Sun says, “Raging Amelle, 23, newest member of the girlband, was dragged off [of] her terrified victim by bouncers. They were so appalled they called police, and the singer was arrested when she allegedly attacked the girl again in front of officers outside the venue.”

The Mirror says that, when the smoke cleared, Amelle “had a handful of hair extensions.” Hey, if Cheryl Tweedy can bounce back from a suspected hate crime, I think Amelle will do just fine. (With those big Bambi eyes, she kind of resembles Tweedy.)

The Guardian interviewed Berrabah along with her fellow Sugababes a while back. She seems deceptively nice.

On this week’s charts, Beyoncé and Shakira maintain their hold on No. 1 for a second week. Not much movement, but there are new entries from Mika, Gym Class Heroes (yes, that song), and Travis. Glad to see my college faves Travis back on the charts. As for Mika, “Love Today” is miles better than “Grace Kelly,” but don’t you just want to smack him when everytime he says “Love me?”

1. Beyoncé and Shakira – Beautiful Liar
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2. Timbaland Ft Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake – Give It To Me
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3. Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend
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4. Ne*Yo – Because Of You
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5. Mark Ronson Ft Daniel Merriweather- Stop Me
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6. Mika – Love Today
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7. Arctic Monkeys – Brianstorm
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8. Gym Class Heroes – Cupid’s Chokehold
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9. Natasha Bedingfield I Wanna Have Your Babies
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10. Travis – Closer
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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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