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Boy George to work in prison canteen

By | Published on Tuesday 20 January 2009

According to reports, Boy George walked straight into a £6 a week job in the prison canteen at Pentonville, which is apparently quite cushy compared to other jobs he might have got.

As previously reported, the singer has begun a fifteen month sentence at Pentonville in London after being convicted of falsely imprisoning male escort Audun Carlsen. A source is quoted as saying: “It won’t go down well if he’s seen to get special privileges. People [normally] have to wait weeks before they’re given good jobs”.

On George’s first prison meal of fish, chips and mushy peas, the source continued: “It was bland. It must have been a shock. Conditions here are poor and so is the food, nothing like he’s used to. Prison is a great leveller. George has been very quiet. He’s not been crying but seems to be in another world and sleeps a lot”.

The singer, real name George O’Dowd, is said to be terrified of being attacked because of his homosexuality. Richard Lyttle, who was kept in a holding cell with George ahead of his sentencing on Friday, is quoted as saying: “He kept sobbing, ‘I can’t go to jail. I will be killed'”.