Former Culture Club
frontman Boy George
has been refused entry into the U.S. because of his 2006 conviction for lying about a burglary at his New York apartment, according to reports.
The British singer - real name George O'Dowd
- was due to return to New York, where he planned to perform a series of concerts over the summer. Among the series, O'Dowd was set to pay tribute to New York Department of Sanitation workers on the organization's annual Family Day on August 17th as a gesture of appreciation for helping him get through his five day community service stint in 2006.
However his visa application has been turned down, just days after lifestyle guru Martha Stewart
was banned from traveling to the U.K. from her native America because of her criminal record. George says, "I'm pretty devastated because I am so excited about this forthcoming tour and having my visa application denied seems unfair after I swept the streets of New York spotless."
"There are a number of public figures who are openly using drugs and they have no problem with immigration... I have seriously turned my life around and I feel great right now, and this is just another reminder of how bad things were. I committed a crime and I happily paid the consequences, and I should be allowed to move on and get on with what I do best and that is performing and making people dance and cry!"
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