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US singer CeeLo Green pleads no contest to ecstasy charge

Published on Aug 30, 2014 3:08 AM
Singer CeeLo Green - whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway - attends a hearing at the Los Angeles Superior Court House on August 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Green pleaded no contest to a felony charge of furnishing ecstasy and was sentenced to three years of probation. The charge stems from a 2012 incident where he was accused of slipping ecstasy into a woman's drink. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Grammy-winning US singer CeeLo Green pleaded no contest Friday to a charge of giving a woman ecstasy before going back to her hotel, but insisted he was innocent.

A judge sentenced Green to three years' probation, 360 hours of community service, 52 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous classes, and ordered him to register as a controlled substance offender.

Green was accused of giving ecstasy to a 33-year-old woman without her knowledge while dining at a Los Angeles restaurant in July, 2012 before returning to the woman's hotel.

Prosecutors did not charge him with rape of an intoxicated person, citing insufficient evidence.

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