Cee Lo Green pleads no contest to charge of furnishing ecstasy to woman
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/29/2014
Cee Lo Green has pleaded no contest to a charge of furnishing a controlled substance.
The former The Voice coach, formally known as Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, has agreed to a plea deal in which he pleaded no contest to sharing ecstasy, which stems from a July 2012 incident in which he allegedly drugged a woman in a Los Angeles sushi restaurant, TMZ reported.
His plea is a felony but basically means he's insisting the drug was voluntarily shared. A no contest plea is entered when a person does not admit his or her guilt -- therefore technically remaining innocent -- yet does admit the truth of the facts alleged in the indictment.
As part of the plea deal, Green is reportedly on probation for three years, must execute 360 hours of community service at the MusiCares Foundation of the Recording Academy, and attend 52 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings with a private therapist.
In October 2013, Green pleaded not guilty and was facing up to four years in prison if convicted.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office did not press sexual assault charges against the artist at the time due to insufficient evidence. The woman claimed she had woken up naked in Green's bed the morning after their night out with no memory of what happened after dinner. Green vehemently denied her allegations, and his lawyer insisted any sexual contact was "consensual."
According to TMZ, witnesses also spotted the woman leaving the bar and she appeared to be perfectly fine.
Green was reportedly cleared of the sexual assault charges partly because authorities were skeptical of the woman's story, which included an acknowledgement that she had been intimate with Green in the past. The woman also allegedly owned up to the fact she had been dating Green for months leading up to the incident.
Green took a break in Season 4, when he was replaced by Usher, but then returned for the show's fifth season. He announced in February he was leaving the reality singing competition and never coming back.
The Voice's seventh season is set to premiere on September 22 at 8PM ET/PT on NBC.