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& # 39; How did he get a work visa? & # 39; Younger fans of The Voice Australia responded with sheer horror after learning the nasty details of Coach Boy George's past. Pictured: Boy George spins the bird in paparazzi on the streets of London on August 21, 2009
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Younger fans of The Voice Australia responded with sheer horror after learning the nasty details of the past from coach Boy George.

From fighting a heroin addiction to imprisoning a male escort and attaching a chain to a radiator, the 1980s hit star wasn't always the family-friendly TV star we know today.

After the details of his darker days popped up on Tuesday, viewers flocked to Facebook to wonder how he was first admitted to The Voice panel.

& # 39; How did he get a work visa? & # 39; Younger fans of The Voice Australia responded with sheer horror after learning the nasty details of Coach Boy George's past. Pictured: Boy George spins the bird in paparazzi on the streets of London on August 21, 2009

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& # 39; How did he get a work visa? & # 39; Younger fans of The Voice Australia responded with sheer horror after learning the nasty details of Coach Boy George's past. Pictured: Boy George spins the bird in paparazzi on the streets of London on August 21, 2009

& # 39; How did he get a work visa? Chris Brown and other singers don't get a visa, & # 39; noted a bewildered fan.

& # 39; I didn't believe he would be allowed to enter Australia with such a & # 39; n conviction, & # 39; another person agreed.

& # 39; Who would hire him? & # 39; wrote a third horrified spectator.

He is a Karma chameleon! He may seem harmless today, but Boy George, a voting judge, was once a very troubled man who struggled with legal problems and a heroin addiction

He is a Karma chameleon! He may seem harmless today, but Boy George, a voting judge, was once a very troubled man who struggled with legal problems and a heroin addiction

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He is a Karma chameleon! He may seem harmless today, but Boy George, a voting judge, was once a very troubled man who struggled with legal problems and a heroin addiction

& # 39; I didn't think he would be admitted to Australia & # 39 ;: after the details of Boy George & # 39; s darker days came up this week, people flocked to Facebook to wonder how he got on The Voice was admitted

& # 39; I didn't think he would be admitted to Australia & # 39 ;: after the details of Boy George & # 39; s darker days came up this week, people flocked to Facebook to wonder how he got on The Voice was admitted

& # 39; I didn't think he would be admitted to Australia & # 39 ;: after the details of Boy George & # 39; s darker days this week reappeared, viewers flocked to Facebook to wonder how he was allowed on TV

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Other people wondered if it would be different if the male escort who imprisoned George in 2007 had been a woman.

& # 39; If his victim was a woman, he would never have been admitted without much ado [to Australia] & # 39 ;, wrote a Facebook user.

However, there were just as many fans ready to defend the past mistakes of the Culture Club star, with a comment: & # 39; Everyone deserves a second chance & # 39 ;.

Support: however, there were just as many fans ready to defend the past mistakes of the Culture Club star, with a comment: & # 39; Everyone deserves a second chance & # 39;

Support: however, there were just as many fans ready to defend the past mistakes of the Culture Club star, with a comment: & # 39; Everyone deserves a second chance & # 39;

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Support: however, there were just as many fans ready to defend the past mistakes of the Culture Club star, with a comment: & # 39; Everyone deserves a second chance & # 39;

Similar comments were: & # 39; Go George, I like the new you & # 39; and & # 39; He is proof that you can change your life and come back from the bottom. & # 39;

Long before he was a prime time TV personality, Boy George was a notorious tabloid player who fought with heroin use and once held a Norwegian male escort imprisoned.

He burst into the music scene in the early 1980s with his band Culture Club, known for their number 1 hits Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? and Karma chameleon.

Throwback! Boy George burst into the music scene in the early 1980s with his band Culture Club, known for their number 1 hits Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? and Karma chameleon. Depicted with Debbie Harry in London in 1987

Throwback! Boy George burst into the music scene in the early 1980s with his band Culture Club, known for their number 1 hits Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? and Karma chameleon. Depicted with Debbie Harry in London in 1987

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Throwback! Boy George burst into the music scene in the early 1980s with his band Culture Club, known for their number 1 hits Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? and Karma chameleon. Depicted with Debbie Harry in London in 1987

At that time, the English singer sent shock waves around the world with his flamboyant clothing and androgynous appearance.

Since then he has reinvented himself several times as a solo artist, DJ and writer of musicals, while he has also made headlines about various scandals.

In the mid-eighties, gossip magazines exposed George as a heroin addict. Further drug problems and internal conflicts led to the demise of Culture Club in 1986.

Demons: in the mid-1980s, Boy George was exposed as a heroin addict. Depicted after a hearing for the trial following his arrest for possession of cocaine in New York on March 8, 2006

Demons: in the mid-1980s, Boy George was exposed as a heroin addict. Depicted after a hearing for the trial following his arrest for possession of cocaine in New York on March 8, 2006

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Demons: in the mid-1980s, Boy George was exposed as a heroin addict. Depicted after a hearing for the trial following his arrest for possession of cocaine in New York on March 8, 2006

He later bounced back with a successful career as a solo artist in the late 1980s, before reinventing himself in the & # 39; 90 as a critically acclaimed DJ.

In 2003, George moved to the United States when his autobiographical musical Taboo was transferred to Broadway.

However, his previous drug problems returned to his pursuit in 2005 when he was arrested in New York on suspicion of possession of cocaine.

Paying his debt to society: the Culture Club star received community service in 2006 after he pleaded guilty of wrongly reporting a burglary in his apartment in New York. Pictured: Boy George cleans the streets of Lower Manhattan on August 15, 2006

Paying his debt to society: the Culture Club star received community service in 2006 after he pleaded guilty of wrongly reporting a burglary in his apartment in New York. Pictured: Boy George cleans the streets of Lower Manhattan on August 15, 2006

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Paying his debt to society: the Culture Club star received community service in 2006 after he pleaded guilty of wrongly reporting a burglary in his apartment in New York. Pictured: Boy George cleans the streets of Lower Manhattan on August 15, 2006

His face says it all! In 2006, Boy George was ordered to sweep garbage off the streets of New York City for a week as part of his community service

His face says it all! In 2006, Boy George was ordered to sweep garbage off the streets of New York City for a week as part of his community service

His face says it all! In 2006, Boy George was ordered to sweep garbage off the streets of New York City for a week as part of his community service

The indictment was eventually withdrawn, but George received community service in 2006 after pleading guilty of wrongfully reporting a burglary in his New York apartment.

He was instructed to sweep garbage off the street for a week as part of his community service.

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George reached a low point in December 2008 when he was convicted of the attack and false imprisonment of Norwegian male sex worker Audun Carlsen during a & # 39; psychotic episode & # 39; from the previous year.

End of an era: Culture Club dissolved in 1986, partly due to Boy George's drug problems

End of an era: Culture Club dissolved in 1986, partly due to Boy George's drug problems

End of an era: Culture Club dissolved in 1986, partly due to Boy George's drug problems

The superstar who once said he preferred & # 39; a cup of tea & # 39; for sex, Mr. Carlsen tied to a radiator and hit him with a chain while he yelled about abuse.

George was then in the grip of an expensive heroin habit.

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The couple had met through the gay dating service Gaydar Commercial, where Mr. Carlsen offered his services for & # 39; £ 400 a night & # 39 ;.

Scandal: Boy George reached a low point in December 2008 when he was convicted of the assault and false imprisonment of Norwegian male sex worker Audun Carlsen during a & # 39; psychotic episode & # 39; from the previous year. Pictured: Audun Carlsen at the court on November 24, 2008

Scandal: Boy George reached a low point in December 2008 when he was convicted of the assault and false imprisonment of Norwegian male sex worker Audun Carlsen during a & # 39; psychotic episode & # 39; from the previous year. Pictured: Audun Carlsen at the court on November 24, 2008

Scandal: Boy George reached a low point in December 2008 when he was convicted of the assault and false imprisonment of Norwegian male sex worker Audun Carlsen during a & # 39; psychotic episode & # 39; from the previous year. Pictured: Audun Carlsen at the court on November 24, 2008

Mr. Carlsen, then 28, said that George and another man forced him into handcuffs before being dragged across the floor, attached to a large bolt on the wall, and beaten.

He managed to free himself and fled into the street with his underpants and shouted pedestrians for help.

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The judge sentenced his & # 39; premeditated & # 39 ;, & # 39; heartless & # 39; and drug-driven madness that traumatized Mr. Carlsen & # 39; and said that George & # 39; his freedom and human dignity & # 39; [the victim] has taken away & # 39 ;.

Verdict: the judge convicted his & # 39; premeditated & # 39 ;, & # 39; heartless & # 39; and drug-driven madness that traumatized Mr. Carlsen & # 39; and said that Boy George & # 39; his freedom and his human dignity & # 39; [the victim] has taken away & # 39 ;. Pictured: Boy George outside his London home in January 2009

Verdict: the judge convicted his & # 39; premeditated & # 39 ;, & # 39; heartless & # 39; and drug-driven madness that traumatized Mr. Carlsen & # 39; and said that Boy George & # 39; his freedom and his human dignity & # 39; [the victim] has taken away & # 39 ;. Pictured: Boy George outside his London home in January 2009

Verdict: the judge convicted his & # 39; premeditated & # 39 ;, & # 39; heartless & # 39; and drug-driven madness that traumatized Mr. Carlsen & # 39; and said that Boy George & # 39; his freedom and his human dignity & # 39; [the victim] has taken away & # 39 ;. Pictured: Boy George outside his London home in January 2009

The star was imprisoned for 15 months for the attack of & # 39; unnecessary violence & # 39 ;.

Since then, George has turned over a new magazine and celebrated a decade of austerity in April 2018.

Speaking of this incredible achievement, George said last year: "I would say that everything is good in my life because I am clean and I can really enjoy what I do in a way I could not do before." ;

New magazine: Since the deplorable incident with Mr. Carlsen, Boy George has turned over a new magazine and celebrated a decade of austerity in April last year. Shown in August 2009

New magazine: Since the deplorable incident with Mr. Carlsen, Boy George has turned over a new magazine and celebrated a decade of austerity in April last year. Shown in August 2009

New magazine: Since the deplorable incident with Mr. Carlsen, Boy George has turned over a new magazine and celebrated a decade of austerity in April last year. Shown in August 2009

In 2012, he said that practicing Nichiren Buddhism was the secret behind his austerity. By 2014 he had also adopted a completely raw vegan diet.

George joined the cast of The Voice UK in 2016, replacing Tom Jones, and debuted the following year in the Australian series.

He also regularly performs at The Real Housewives Beverley Hills as a friend of cast member Dorit Kemsley, whose husband Paul & # 39; PK & # 39; Kemsley happens to be George's manager.

A new era begins: Boy George joined the cast of The Voice UK in 2016, replacing Tom Jones, and debuted the following year in the Australian series

A new era begins: Boy George joined the cast of The Voice UK in 2016, replacing Tom Jones, and debuted the following year in the Australian series

A new era begins: Boy George joined the cast of The Voice UK in 2016, replacing Tom Jones, and debuted the following year in the Australian series

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