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AIDS agency plans to sue Boy George

South Florida
AIDS agency plans to sue Boy George

Care Resource, a South Florida AIDS service organization, plans to sue out entertainer Boy George and his booking agency after George failed to return a deposit for an appearance that was canceled following his arrest in October 2005. George and the booking agency, Red Parrot, received an $8,400 deposit for the entertainer to serve as a guest DJ at the 21st annual White Party circuit party fund-raiser, which benefits Care Resource. But George canceled his appearance, and the booking agency never returned the deposit, which was half of George's $12,000 appearance fee and a $2,400 booking fee. The funds were wired to a London bank on August 4, 2005.

George was arrested on October 7, 2005, in New York City when police were falsely called to his Manhattan apartment to investigate an alleged burglary. Police also found a large amount of cocaine in the apartment. George was sentenced in March to five days of community service for falsely reporting a burglary, escaping more serious charges of drug possession.

George's booking agency initially reported after the entertainer's arrest that George would be keeping his scheduled DJ dates in the United States, but it later canceled George's appearance at the White Party and all other U.S. DJ gigs just three weeks before the Florida fund-raiser was to be held. The booking agency wrote to Care Resource that the deposit would be returned within 14 days, but the AIDS group never received the money. Care Resource officials report having made several phone calls and having sent numerous e-mails and letters to Red Parrot during the past few months demanding the return of the funds, all of which have been unanswered.

The agency is now taking steps to sue George and Red Parrot for the unreturned deposit.

"The $8,400 that Boy George and Red Parrot took from Care Resource would have paid the cost of primary medical care for nine of our patients for a full year," said Rick Siclari, Care Resource executive director, in a press statement. (The Advocate)

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