Reporting Scott T. Sterling
While CeeLo Green is currently riding high as one of the celebrity coaches on popular TV singing competition show The Voice, the hip-hop vocalist will have to face very serious legal issues when he is prosecuted for dosing a female companion with the drug MDMA (more commonly known as “Molly”) without her knowledge, though previous charges of sexual assault against the woman have been dropped.
Green “allegedly slipped ecstasy to a 33-year-old female while the two were dining at a downtown Los Angeles restaurant sometime between July 13 and July 14, 2012,” according to the Los Angeles District Attorney on the case (via CNN), with the two later going to her hotel room. If found guilty of the charge, Green faces up to four years in prison on the felony count of furnishing a controlled substance.
In his defense, Green’s attorney Blair Berk praised the prosecutor for dropping the sexual assault charge for insufficient evidence, issuing a statement on behalf of the singer, saying “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. CeeLo had faith that if the true facts were known the district attorney would reject those charges.”
Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, could be sentenced to up to four years in prison if found guilty of the one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance, according to the L.A. District Attorney.
According to Time, the singer appeared in court before a judge today (October 21) in downtown L.A., where he pleaded not guilty, and his bail was set at $30,000. He is expected back in court on November 20.
As of press time, there was no indication if the charge would have any effect on Green’s status as a judge on The Voice.