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Fans rally behind jailed George

PUBLISHED: 10:35 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:04 25 August 2010

CULTURE SHOCK: Boy George has received a wave of support from fans after he began a 15 month sentence last Friday.

CULTURE SHOCK: Boy George has received a wave of support from fans after he began a 15 month sentence last Friday.

FANS say prison will make or break Boy George who is serving 15 months for handcuffing a male escort to his bed and chasing him down the street with a chain.

FANS say prison will 'make or break' Boy George who is serving 15 months for handcuffing a male escort to his bed and chasing him down the street with a chain.

The 47-year-old singer, fashion designer and DJ, who was born and raised in Eltham, started his sentence in Pentonville prison last Friday.

Fans and friends have slammed the 'ludicrous' sentence and come out in support of the troubled star.

Fellow 1980s pop star Mik Sweeney, bassist from Classix Nouveaux, told the Times: "He was always a charming and intelligent guy and a tough cookie. He'll be a better man at the end of all of this."

His wife Ms Claire Regan, 35, from Cork, said: "Doing his time in prison will either make or break him.

"He will have to do some soul searching.

"I just hope he knows how much and how fervently he is loved and admired.

"It has made me worry deeply as to how he got into this volatile situation in the first place.

"It makes me wonder and dread to suggest there is a deep lack of happiness in a man of such exuberance, magnetism, charm, talent and intrigue.

"I can only hope that for his sake, he will get some understanding and peace and self-acceptance from this situation one day."

Meanwhile fans have been hitting out at the sentence handed down to their idol.

Sean from Manchester said: "I'm disgusted about the sentence.

"If you kill somebody in a car accident, you get 12 months."

Jackie Hughes, 42, from the Isles of Scilly in Cornwall, said: "I did not have the easiest of home lives when I was a teenager and this wonderful man sent me lovely letters and signed photographs.

"He helped me get through the tough times. I now have a fantastic life and a fantastic job and will be forever grateful to this man."

But ex-con Charles Young, 54, from Abbey Wood, who says he has served time in all of London's prisons and labelled Pentonvile a 's***hole' said celebrities are treated 'with kid gloves' in prison.

The father-of-three said: "They will probably send him to an open prison as he is a celebrity and they treat them with kid gloves.

"They have already given him a job and that is out of order as most prisoners have to wait months for one.

"He will only do half a sentence. He will be out before he knows it."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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