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Boy George Attack Victim Slams BBC For Giving Singer A Role On 'The Voice': 'They Should Be Ashamed Of Themselves, He Ruined My Life'

04/01/2016 07:18 GMT | Updated 04/01/2016 10:59 GMT

The BBC has been blasted for giving Boy George a job on ‘The Voice’ by an ex-model who says the Culture Club star ruined his life.

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The ‘Karma Chameleon’ singer spent time in prison for falsely imprisoning former escort Audun Carlsen in 2007.

The 36-year-old has now opened up about the incident, where he claimed he was kept shackled to a wall in Boy George’s London home.

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"The BBC should be ashamed of themselves for employing Boy George after everything he did to me,” he told The Sun.

"He shouldn't be allowed to be a mentor they should axe him. He is a criminal who has been to prison.

"If a male celebrity beat up a woman with a chain, handcuffed her to a wall and threatened her with a sex toy, there would be a public outcry if he was given a high-profile job at the BBC.

"But because I am a gay man they think it's OK. It's outrageous."

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Audun claims that since the attack, which saw George jailed for 15 months in 2009, he’s spent eight years in therapy after his “life was ruined”.

"I thought I was moving on until I saw him on TV,” he added.

"I felt sick. It has put me back again. TV presenters are supposed to be role models and he clearly isn't one. He has never once apologised or shown any hint of remorse."

George pleaded not guilty to the crime, claiming he thought Audun had stolen pictures from his computer – which Audun denied.

The singer recently claimed he’s in the best place he’s ever been since landing his new role on ‘The Voice’.

"I'm in the best place I've ever been. Getting the gig is pretty fucking cool. I feel great," he told The Sunday People.

"This has been part of a big journey for me. I'm almost eight years sober so getting The Voice is like the cherry on the cake, a measure of where I am."

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