Male escort chained to the wall and falsely imprisoned by Boy George in star’s London flat slams casting of singer in new series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
- The singer, 61, first met Audun Carlson, 43, in 2007 when the Karma Chameleon hitmaker got in touch via a dating site
- They met at George’s flat in Shoreditch, East London where they drank wine and took cocaine but things took an unwanted turn. Audun was chained to the wall and beaten with a sex toy
- George was jailed in 2009 for 15 months after being found guilty of assault and false imprisonment, but was given early release after four months
- The Culture Club singer will reportedly earn £500,000 for appearing on the the show this year, the highest fee of the 12 stars appearing on the series
A male escort who was chained to the wall and kept prisoner in Boy George’s London flat has slammed the casting of the singer in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
Boy George, 61, first met Audun Carlson, 43, in 2007 when the Karma Chameleon hitmaker got in touch via a dating site and asked Audun for to model items from his clothing range.
They met at George’s flat in Shoreditch, East London where they drank wine and took cocaine but things took an unwanted turn.
Unimpressed: A male escort who was chained to the wall and kept prisoner in Boy George’s London flat has slammed the casting of the singer in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
After returning from the shop, George set upon Audun with another man, claiming the visitor had tried to hack into his computer, beating him and leaving him handcuffed to a wall fixture from which he escaped by wrenching himself free.
Still traumatised by the incident, former escort Audun has hit out at George appearing on I’m A Celebrity, which starts on ITV1 on Sunday.
He told the Mirror: ‘Had I been a woman and he did what he did, he would never have been given the platform. It’s hurtful that big organisations like ITV give him that platform.
Meeting: Boy George, 61, first met Audun Carlson, 43, in 2007 when the hitmaker got in touch via a dating site and asked Audun for to model items from his clothing range (Audun pictured in 2007)
‘I think giving him this sort of platform and a record fee sends the wrong message to survivors of violence and abuse and is plain wrong.’
A representative for George told MailOnline: ‘George went to jail for four months willingly after openly confessing to false imprisonment during a psychotic break 15 years ago whilst in the midst of a well documented drug problem.
‘Not only has he been a pillar of society ever since, but he also remains sober to this day.
‘He apologised publicly on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories four years ago and we are very proud of him for his rehabilitation.
Setting: They met at George’s flat in Shoreditch, East London where they drank wine and took cocaine but things took an unwanted turn when George made a sexual advance (Audun pictured in 2007)
‘Everyone is entitled to a second chance and George has certainly earned it.’
An ITV source told MailOnline: ‘This is a historic, spent conviction dating back 12 years and Boy George has appeared on major TV networks globally on numerous occasions over the last decade, including as a coach for The Voice UK on the BBC and The Voice Australia.’
The Culture Club singer will reportedly earn £500,000 for appearing on the show this year, the highest fee of the 12 stars appearing on the series.
DJ George shackled sex worker Audun to a wall and whipped him with a chain while screaming abuse at him when he had a £400-a-day heroin habit.
Audun, who was aged 28 at the time, was beaten and threatened with a sex toy and fled the property in his underpants, and called police at 6.30am from a nearby newsagents.
Down Under: George was seen arriving for the filming of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in Australia on Friday
George was jailed in 2009 for 15 months after being found guilty of assault and false imprisonment, but was given early release after four months for good behaviour.
Since then, the former heroin addict has turned over a new leaf and celebrated a decade of sobriety in April 2018.
In 2017 Boy George sobbed on TV as he described a ‘psychotic episode’ when he kept Auden prisoner in his flat and how he was attacked in prison for being gay.
He said at the time he had not apologised to his Norwegian victim because it ‘wouldn’t make any difference’.
During an appearance on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, he said: ‘I sent myself to prison. I told the police why I did what I did. In hindsight I was having a psychotic episode. I was a drug addict so I can’t sit here and say my reasons for doing it were founded in any way.
Big bucks: The star is reportedly earning £500,000 for this series of the show, the highest fee of the 12 stars taking part
‘But I told the truth. I said, “This is why I did it. I was having a paranoid episode”. I have always denied beating the guy.’
In Pentonville he was using his real name of George O’Dowd during his 15-month term.
Condemning O’Dowd’s ‘premeditated’, ‘callous’ and drug-fuelled frenzy, which ‘traumatised’ Mr Carlsen, the judge said his victim had been ‘deprived of his liberty and his human dignity’.
He said the offence was ‘so serious that only an immediate sentence of imprisonment can be justified’.
But he did not apologise to his victim at the time, and told Piers: ‘I don’t think it would make any difference. I always felt like not talking about it was dignified.
‘All of it was the drugs. There is no way on God’s earth this would happen if I had not been on drugs.
‘I kind of took responsibility but in my way. It is in my nature to spill my guts. I never really tell lies and sometimes it has worked against me.’
George admits he was probably close to death due to his drug habit at the time but was too high to remember the danger he was in.
His family even appeared on TV to beg him to give up drugs and Richard Branson allowed him the use of his mansion to try going cold turkey.
But it was jail that helped him give up drugs.
He said: ‘When I was in prison a lot of my friends blew me away. But Stephen Fry wrote to me. It was very humbling. The best thing that happened to me was getting sober.’
In jail there was understood to be extra security to protect the former star, who feared being attacked in prison because he is gay.
He landed a £6-a-week job as a kitchen worker serving food to inmates, which is regarded as one of the easier tasks in prison.
George said: ‘I had a few altercations with other prisoners who were homophobic but it was not a shock.
‘I was not scared. I made friends with people. I worked in the kitchen which was great.’
I’M A CELEBRITY 2022: THE FULL LINEUP
CLAIM TO FAME: Legendary pop star
PHOBIAS: Being scared
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am going straight into the jungle from playing at various festivals and gigs
ROLE IN THE CAMP: In-house dietician reassuring everyone that they will be ok on the jungle diet. And entertainer – I will sing!
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a very positive person and I don’t bear any grudges
DREAM CAMPMATE: It would be funny if my ex, Jon Moss, comes on the programme -but I don’t think that will happen!
CLAIM TO FAME: Radio DJ
PHOBIAS: I am petrified of heights. I ended up carrying the bags when we took my girlfriend’s niece once to Go Ape as I am so petrified!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? A friend’s birthday, a wedding, and Leeds United matches
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer. Hopefully I can help shorten everyone’s boredom.
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hiding food! I am going to fly out early and sneak into the jungle and hide pot noodles everywhere, then I will be everyone’s best friend!
DREAM CAMPMATE: Ant and Dec…let’s see how they cope for 24 hours!
CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street
PHOBIAS: Don’t be ridiculous! I am not going to admit to what I fear most!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Coronation Street and we are expecting another grandchild any day, so hopefully it will arrive before I fly out to Australia.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will be more of a mum – that is where I will naturally fit.
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I am a good listener, so hopefully I will be a friendly ear for everyone.
DREAM CAMPMATE: Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold. He is my TV husband and it would be lovely to have an ally in camp!
CLAIM TO FAME: Presenter of A Place In The Sun
PHOBIAS: Spiders. There is no point in lying about it! I’ve got an irrational fear about them
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Just a holiday which I can postpone
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum, cook and morale booster. I always like to look at the positive side in life
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I will be good at making sure everything is tidy in camp
DREAM CAMPMATE: Mo Gilligan. He is hilarious and I totally fancy him!
CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian
PHOBIAS: I am scared of absolutely everything. Snakes, rats – I am fearful of them all and I am dreading the trials
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I was going on tour but we’ve postponed it now until next year
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Tension breaker. If I can break tension anywhere it starts up in the camp, then I will do that. We don’t need to be bickering as it will be a first-time experience for everyone
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hopefully I will bring some humour to the camp
DREAM CAMPMATE: I am a big Arsenal fan and so any ex-Arsenal player would be great. I am looking forward to chatting to Ant & Dec about football
CLAIM TO FAME: Rugby Union player and married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall
PHOBIAS: I haven’t admitted to having any phobias but in a weird way, I am looking forward to taking part in the trials!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My podcast series and the rugby Internationals this autumn
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Morning motivator. I would like to see everyone get on well and us all have a great experience
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a positive person
DREAM CAMPMATE: Samuel L Jackson would be cool. He has lived the life!
CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Romeo Nightingale in Hollyoaks
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I am a big fan of football so I will miss watching the start of the World Cup
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer and games coordinator
BEST ATTRIBUTE: It is definitely not my cooking skills or brains!
DREAM CAMPMATE: Any of the Leicester City starting 11!
CLAIM TO FAME: ITV newsreader and Loose Women anchor
PHOBIAS: I am not sure what my fear factor will be because I’ve never had rodents, spiders and snakes crawling all over me!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My children’s annual school ball which I am gutted about
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and cook. I don’t mind falling into that position
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I like to listen and talk. I love learning about people and I have a natural curiosity for people
DREAM CAMPMATE: Colin Murray and Richard Osman
CLAIM TO FAME: Retired England Lioness
PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats and the thought of being underground fills me with fear!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? The Men’s World Cup. I am going to find it weird not being able to know how the men are getting on in the tournament. Hopefully they will still be in the tournament when I come out of the jungle
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Helping hand. I like to help people if they aren’t having a good day
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hard worker. I will always find a way to add value. I am also very honest
DREAM CAMPMATE: Another sports person would be great as it would be someone to bounce ideas off.
CLAIM TO FAME: Love Island star
PHOBIAS: I hate the dark so I’m keen to avoid any challenges in the darkness
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, had the show been on air any later, I could have missed my sister’s wedding
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Clown. I was always the class clown at school and I love having a laugh
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t take myself seriously and I have got a good sense of humour
DREAM CAMPMATE: A pop legend like Dolly Parton who has amazing stories to tell
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