Boy George beat male escort, court told

Pop star Boy George handcuffed a male escort to the wall and beat him with a metal chain as he tried to flee from a naked photo shoot, a London court has heard.

The singer and disc jockey - being tried under his real name George O'Dowd - chained up Audun Carlsen on April 28 last year, Snaresbrook Crown Court was told at the start of his trial on assault and false imprisonment charges.

O'Dowd, 47, screamed "whore" as he and another man pinned the 29-year-old Norwegian to the floor in his east London home, the court heard.

Carlsen met the singer on the Gaydar website and agreed to visit his house to pose naked for a photo shoot.

They took cocaine together and O'Dowd performed a sex act on Carlsen. The star briefly suspected Carlsen had done something to his laptop but the pair parted on good terms.

However, in the following weeks, O'Dowd sent him a string of emails accusing him of hacking into his computer and also accused the escort of ignoring him, the court heard.

They agreed on a date for a second photo shoot and O'Dowd emailed Carlsen saying he was looking forward to seeing the Norwegian's "heavenly butt".

However, following the shoot, the DJ beckoned Carlsen into his bedroom, where the escort noticed a third man.

"As soon as I saw the other guy they were both jumping on me," Carlsen told the court.

O'Dowd denies the charges.

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