Boy George is appealing for information about an attack on his “oldest friend” Philip Sallon last weekend.
The gay socialite was assaulted and left unconscious in central London in the early hours of last Saturday (April 2), the Metropolitan Police confirmed to BBC News.
Speaking out over the attack, the former Culture Club frontman suggested the assault “must have been something to do with the way he looked”.
He argued that attitudes to individuality have hardened in recent years even in the gay community.
“In the early ’80s there was this sense that things were changing, and becoming more open-minded. But we don’t have that sort of gorgeous youth culture any more, the glam rockers, the New Romantics,” the singer told The Guardian.
“People aren’t so individual any more. There is this sense of ‘Why would you want to stand out and make a show of yourself’?” he concluded.
Friends of Sallon are set to hand out leaflets in Piccadilly Circus to appeal for information over the attack.