Cee Lo Green appears in court over ecstasy drink spike claims

The singer denies charges of furnishing a controlled substance

Cee Lo Green has appeared in court in Los Angeles accused of spiking a woman's drink with ecstasy.

The singer is accused of secretly slipping the drug into the drink of his dinner date at a sushi restaurant in July 2012.

He first appeared in court last October on the charge of furnishing a controlled substance, the maximum sentence for which is four years in jail. An earlier rape charge relating to the same alleged incident was dropped due to insufficient evidence.

As the BBC reports, a preliminary hearing has now been set for April 28.

Green has hired lawyer Blair Berk, whose previous celebrity clients include Lindsay Lohan and Gerard Butler.

The singer is currently a judge on the US TV version of The Voice. He announced in February that he will not be returning to the TV singing contest.

Cee Lo Green started his career in the 1990s with hip-hop group Goodie Mob. He then launched himself as a solo artist before joining Gnarls Barkley with Danger Mouse. The duo gained worldwide success with their hit 'Crazy'.

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