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Boy George Cleans Up New York City

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Donning the bright orange vest of the New York sanitation department, '80s icon Boy George began the first of his court-ordered five days of community service by cleaning up the streets in the Big Apple.

Boy George garnered fame and fortune throughout the '80s as lead singer for the pop band Culture Club. Popular songs such as “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” brought George international fame and millions of dollars. Heroin addiction and a tumultuous affair with bandmate Jon Moss essentially ended his pop career.boygeorgeEPA140806_600x600

Looking a wee bit less glamorous than in his heyday with dark Capri pants, sneakers, orange vest, bald head and none of the androgynous makeup that made him famous, George reported for duty just minutes before the 7 am call.

It took less than an hour into his service for George to get into it with the throngs of media standing by.

"You think you're better than me?" he yelled. "Go home. Let me do my community service."

George was ordered to community service after pleading guilty to wasting police time in May, when he falsely reported a burglary. Instead of a burglar, police found a small amount of cocaine. Copping a plea, George was not charged with the cocaine beef and sentenced to the community service for the false call.

boy-gEver the tawdry icon, George felt he could be of better use hosting a charity concert, putting on a DJ show, or holding a fashion workshop rather than “prancing around in a park.” The judge was not amused and forced George into the dirty job for his dirty deed.

The scene quickly became more of a circus freak show than a service to the community with dozens of photographers, journalists, and onlookers crowding around the singer. Sanitation workers ordered George into a van and took him to a gated sanitation parking lot where he resumed his clean-up work.

There is no word yet on what days two through five of the community service will look like.

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