Boy George Denied a U.S. Visa

Jun. 24 2008, Published 4:00 a.m. ET

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First, Martha Stewart. Now, Boy George.

The British musician was denied a visa in the United States due to his outstanding arrest charges, putting his North American summer tour in jeopardy.

"At the moment, Boy George cannot come to the United States of America because he has been refused permission to enter by the USA Administration," his rep says in a statement. "This is not in respect of anything he has done in the past but because he is facing a trial in November in London for something that happened in April last year."

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The 47-year-old was busted last year when a male escort accused him of assault and false imprisonment, which George vehemently denied. He was later released on bail.

"George's lawyers in London have absolutely forbidden us to speak about the facts of that case and all I can say is that George is astounded at the decision and is having lawyers here in the States look at it in the hope that someone will change their mind," the statement continues. "George really would love to come to America and repay his American fans loyalty and that is why we are asking the US Authorities to reconsider their decision."

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The singer/DJ's 24-stop tour was scheduled to kick off in Las Vegas on July 11 and wrap up in Dallas on Aug. 23.


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