Known for singing “Forget You” and judging “The Voice” on NBC, singer Cee Lo Green is facing a serious charge of furnishing a controlled substance, which is considered a felony. Although criminal charges have not been filed in Minnesota, the singer’s future trial could shed light on what sorts of evidence is necessary to convict someone of giving another person drugs.
According to prosecutors, the 38-year-old gave a woman ecstasy at a Los Angeles restaurant last year. It is not entirely clear if he is being charged with giving her the drugs without her knowledge or if she had previously requested them. Though it may not seem like it matters, if the woman had requested the drugs, her own admission of illegal behavior could throw suspicion on the credibility of her testimony.
If he is convicted, Green could face four years in prison, a serious sentence for someone who ostensibly gave another woman a small amount of drugs. This is just another example of the draconian punishments that come with drug charges. Though there has been talk about changing drug sentencing laws for nonviolent offenders, it does not seem to have made much of a difference for Green.
The woman has apparently alleged that Green also raped her, yet there has been little evidence to support this charge. Green’s lawyer insists that anything that happened was consensual. Ultimately, Green was not charged with any sex crimes.
Green has issued a plea of not guilty and it is not currently known when his trial will start.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Cee Lo Green Pleads Not Guilty To Ecstasy Charge, Can Face 4 Years In Prison If Convicted,” Anthony McCartney, Oct. 21, 2013