CeeLo Green showed up in court yesterday to face prosecution for alleged rape and drugging of a young woman back in the summer of 2012. CeeLo won’t be charged for sexual assault, but will be prosecuted for giving the woman ecstasy without her consent. If convicted, he could serve 4 years in prison for the official count of “furnishing a controlled substance” which is a felony. Here’s more from CNN about the charges.
Green, 39, “allegedly slipped ecstasy to a 33-year-old female while the two were dining at a downtown Los Angeles restaurant sometime between July 13 and July 14, 2012,” according to a statement from the prosecutor. “The two later went back to the woman’s hotel.”
The district attorney’s office cited insufficient evidence for the decision not to file a charge of rape of an intoxicated person.
Green’s attorney issued a statement Monday afternoon saying she and Green were pleased with the prosecutor’s conclusion “that the evidence did not support the false and unfounded claims made over a year ago. 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,” attorney Blair Berk said.
“CeeLo had faith that if the true facts were known the district attorney would reject those charges.” Green “will responsibly address” the drug charge in court, Berk said.
I don’t quite understand how they didn’t have enough evidence to charge for “rape of an intoxicated person” but have enough to prosecute him for the drug thing. CeeLo pleaded not guilty. He has another hearing in late November.
I expect the Law & Order: SVU episode on this soon.