CeeLo pleads not guilty to giving woman ecstasy

NEED TO KNOW
  • Singer CeeLo Green has been formally charged with providing drugs to a woman
  • Incident allegedly happened over a year ago
  • Green won't face sexual assault charge, prosecutors say
CeeLo pleads not guilty to giving woman ecstasy

Singer CeeLo Green was formally charged Monday with "furnishing ecstasy to a female victim," a year after an unidentified woman alleged Green attacked her.

Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, pleaded not guilty in court to one felony count of providing a controlled substance.

The 33-year-old woman claimed Green slipped ecstasy in her drink as they dined in a Los Angeles restaurant and then raped her in her hotel room on the night of July 13, 2012.

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Despite the drug charge, prosecutors in the case declined to file sexual assault charges against "The Voice" coach, citing insufficient evidence.

In a statement, Green's attorney Blair Berk said that her client was pleased “that the evidence did not support the false and unfounded claims made over a year ago."

"Mr. Green encouraged a full and complete investigation of those claims and he was confident once conducted he would be cleared of having any wrongful intent and it would be established that any relations were consensual," said Berk.

"CeeLo had faith that if the true facts were known the District Attorney would reject those charges. As it relates to the one charge of furnishing or sharing ecstasy, Mr. Green will responsibly address that matter in a court of law but not comment on it further out of respect for the process."

Green is expected to return to court on November 20. He could face up to four years in prison if convicted.

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