Cee Lo Green Pleads No Contest To Federal Drug Charge

By McCarton Ackerman 09/03/14

The former Voice judge and member of Gnarls Barkley was given three years probation.

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Grammy-winning singer and former reality show judge Cee Lo Green has managed to avoid jail time after pleading no contest to felony drug charges.

Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, pleaded no contest to one count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a dinner in Los Angeles back in 2012. He was sentenced to three years of probation and 45 days of community service, but will be allowed to travel for work. He entered a special plea that maintains his innocence and prevents the plea from being used against him in civil court. However, the case itself could be used against him if he receives another drug charge in the future.

He was initially slapped with the felony drug charge last October, but prosecutors rejected an additional rape charge against him. Green’s attorney, Blair Berk, maintained that the singer had consensual sex with the woman he gave ecstasy to during the dinner.

One of the former proteges of The Voice judge has also made drug-related headlines. In February 2012, contestant Jamar Rogers admitted to contracting HIV through his past drug use. He struggled with a long-term crystal meth addiction, but told Green he had been sober for six years.

“I had to finally just stand up and face the music,” said Rogers. “One of the ways I did that was by volunteering at some amazing organizations in New York that dealt with people who were living with HIV, and I began to see other human faces for it, and it began to change my own prejudices. I can’t believe I was scared for so long…I can’t believe how cool people are doing.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.