Cee Lo Green was charged Monday with giving a woman ecstasy at a Los Angeles restaurant in 2012, but the far more serious charge of sexual assault has been dropped, reports TMZ on Oct. 21. The 38-year-old Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, was charged with one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance. If convicted, the popular judge on The Voice could be imprisoned for four years.
Prosecutors said they declined to pursue the sexual assault rape charge against Green because the evidence was not sufficient enough to obtain a conviction.
Green appeared Monday in a Los Angeles court to enter a not guilty plea to providing a woman, known in court documents as "Anna M," with the "date rape" drug. He was released on $30,000 bail and is scheduled back in court next month.
Green’s attorney Blair Berk commented on the rape charge, saying any sexual contact between her client and the woman was consensual.
“Mr. Green encouraged a full and complete investigation of those claims and he was confident once conducted he would be cleared of having any wrongful intent,” Berk said.
Prosecutors allegedly had a difficult time building a rape case against the Grammy-winning singer of the hit “Forget You.” The woman accusing Green of assault had dated him for a few months, and the pair had reportedly already been intimate several times.
Sources say the criminal complaint on ecstasy possession will not include the related charge that the singer had intent to harm, even if he did share the pill with her. If the charges stand, Green will likely receive probation only.