October 22, 2013 20:06

Rape charge against Cee Lo Green dropped

However, the singer will still be charged with furnishing a woman with ecstasy

Rape charge against Cee Lo Green dropped

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Cee Lo Green has had charges of sexual battery against him rejected because of insufficient evidence.

CNN reports that the singer has however been charged with furnishing a woman with ecstasy, the maximum sentence for which is four years in jail. Cee Lo –real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway – pleaded not guilty to the charge and will return to court in Los Angeles on November 20. His bail has been set at $30,000 (£18,505).

Last year TMZ revealed that a police report had been filed against the singer, with the alleged victim claiming that he drugged her at a sushi restaurant in Los Angeles with ecstasy and then she woke up naked with Green, remembering nothing from the previous evening. Green then issued a statement saying that the claims were "despicable, untrue, and deeply hurtful."

Yesterday (October 21) Green's lawyer Blair Berk issued a statement about the dropping of the sexual assault charge, saying: "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... Cee Lo had faith that if the true facts were known, the district attorney would reject those charges."

On the drugs charge, the lawyer stated: "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."

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