Eighties pop star Boy George has signed up to appear in the 2006 edition of Celebrity Big Brother in the UK.

The CULTURE CLUB singer - real name GEORGE O'DOWD - was arrested for possessing cocaine in his New York City apartment last month (NOV05) and is due to appear in a Manhattan court next week (19DEC05).

But his manager TONY GORDON insists his client will be able to appear on the hit reality show despite the charges hanging over him.

According to British newspaper The Sun, Boy George will be joined by Anna Nicole Smith and a host of UK celebrities on the programme.