Los Angeles (CNN) — CeeLo Green won’t be charged
with sexual assault, but the singer-songwriter will be prosecuted for
allegedly giving ecstasy to a female victim, the Los Angeles district
attorney’s office said Monday.
Green, 39, “allegedly
slipped ecstasy to a 33-year-old female while the two were dining at a
downtown Los Angeles restaurant sometime between July 13 and July 14,
2012,” according to a statement from the prosecutor. “The two later went
back to the woman’s hotel.”
The district attorney’s
office cited insufficient evidence for the decision not to file a charge
of rape of an intoxicated person.
Green’s music career,
which he began as a member of the Southern hip-hop group Goodie Mob, has
earned him five Grammys, but Green is also known as a contestant coach
on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice.” There was no immediate word
from NBC about his future with the show in light of the case.
Green’s attorney issued a
statement Monday afternoon saying she and Green were pleased with the
prosecutor’s conclusion “that the evidence did not support the false and
unfounded claims made over a year ago.”
“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 and it
would be established that any relations were consensual,” attorney Blair
Berk said. “CeeLo had faith that if the true facts were known the
district attorney would reject those charges.”
Green “will responsibly address” the drug charge in court, Berk said.
Green, whose real name is
Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, could be sentenced to up to four years in
prison if found guilty of the one felony count of furnishing a
controlled substance, the statement said.
He was scheduled to
appear before a judge in a downtown Los Angeles court for a bail hearing
on Monday afternoon. Prosecutors are asking his bond be set at $30,000.