Singer CeeLo Green Returns to Court in Felony Drug Case

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Singer CeeLo Green appeared in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday, just over a month after he pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of furnishing a woman with ecstasy.


CeeLo Green, whose real name is Thomas Calloway, is seen in court on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. (Credit: CNN)

During Green’s brief appearance at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Judge Shelly Torrealba scheduled a preliminary hearing for January, in order to determine whether enough evidence exists to proceed to trial.

Green, 39, whose real name is Thomas Calloway, is perhaps best known as a judge on the reality show “The Voice,” and as half of the hip-hop duo Gnarls Barkley.

He is accused of drugging a 33-year-old woman while they were on a date in Los Angeles in July 2012. He allegedly slipped her the ecstasy at a downtown restaurant before they went to the woman’s hotel.

Prosecutors declined to charge Green with sexual assault, citing a lack of evidence.

“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,” Blair Berk, Green’s attorney, said in a statement on Oct. 22.

“As it relates to the one charge of furnishing or sharing ecstasy, Mr. Green will responsibly address that matter in a court of law,” she added.

If convicted, Green could face up to four years in prison, authorities said.