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Cee Lo Green pleads not guilty in drug case

  • FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 file photo, singer/songwriter and rapper Cee Lo Green interviewed legendary artist Little Richard as part of the Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter's "The Legacy Lounge" at the W Hotel, in Atlanta, Ga. Los Angeles prosecutors charged Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, with one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. The singer faces up to four years in prison if convicted. (Photo by Dan Harr/Invision/AP Images, File)

LOS ANGELES — Cee Lo Green pleaded not guilty on Monday to giving a woman ecstasy at a Los Angeles restaurant during a 2012 dinner, and prosecutors declined to file a rape count against the singer because of insufficient evidence.

Green, 38, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, appeared in court hours after prosecutors charged him with one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance. He could face four years in prison if convicted.

Green spoke only once during a brief arraignment hearing to acknowledge he understood the court's scheduling of his case.

He sat in a front row of the courtroom with his girlfriend while waiting for a bondsman to post his $30,000 bail. His case is due back in court on Nov. 20.

Green was pleased that the rape charge was rejected and will address the ecstasy count in court, his attorney Blair Berk wrote in a statement.


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