Cee Lo Green was in court on Friday for ecstasy drug charges stemming from accusations made against him two years ago. Cee Lo is accused of slipping ecstasy in the drink of a 33-year old woman that he was spending time with on a date. According to TMZ on Friday, Cee Lo is maintaining his innocence but plead no contest in Los Angeles Superior Court to charges of voluntarily sharing ecstasy with the woman.
When asked to enter his plea, Cee Lo Green stated, “I plead no contest where I maintain my innocence.” Judge Mark Young then sentenced the entertainer to three years probation and 360 hours of community service. While Green can maintain his innocence with the no contest plea (it’s not the same as guilty) he will still have a felony conviction on his record.
The conviction is simply for voluntarily sharing the drug with his former gal pal though. There wasn’t enough evidence to convict him of anything more devious. The no contest plea also protects Cee Lo from any civil suit against him in connection with the case unless he is convicted on more drug charges in the future.
According to the prosecution, Cee Lo and the unidentified woman were on a date at a sushi restaurant when he slipped the drug into her drink. This would have been hard to prove except that the woman recorded a conversation with Cee Lo where he made mention to the encounter. She maintains that she does not know how she got from the sushi restaurant to Cee Lo’s hotel room that night.
Prosecutors tried to slap Cee Lo with a sexual assault charge for the encounter but it was rejected after a determination was made that sex between the two was consensual. The woman was connected with Cee Lo prior to the encounter and he had flown her to his location on numerous occasions.
Cee Lo, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, will reportedly be able to travel for work while on probation. He is also able to serve his community service through the MusicCares Foundation, who are affiliated with the Grammy Awards.