Boy George chatted candidly about his prison experiences with the Times this week and revealed that he was ‘never physically afraid’
during his four months of incarceration.
“If anyone bothered me, I’d have hit them back, no problem. They would have got what they gave me,” he told journalist Alan Franks.
“What people don’t realise is that bullies aren’t popular in prison. If you have someone ringing the alarm, then everyone gets locked up, like school. Someone does something wrong and you’re all blamed . . ,” he added.
Following publication, George was unimpressed, Twittering ‘I hope the pictures in The Times are good because I hate the article. what a sly old fucker Alan Franks is!’
His revelations also matched reports in the Sun describing his first few days in notoriously tough London prison Pentonville in which an unnamed inmate told the tabloid he settled in smoothly and was popular with fellow prisoners.
"A celeb is a celeb in here. People love fame,” the inmate explained, “Everyone remembers Culture Club."
George’s experiences differed markedly however from disgraced TV celebrity Chris Langham, 58, who was jailed in 2007 for viewing child pornography web sites.
The award winning actor and star of The Thick of It served time at category-B Elmley Prison where he was relentlessly tormented, his wife Christine Cartwright claimed, while he was still inside.
"He's been verbally abused, taunted continuously, had missiles thrown at him and his cell flooded out by other prisoners," she told the Standard,
"He is trying to be a model prisoner. He says 'Good morning' to the prison officers, but they just tell him to shut up."
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