A male escort who claims he was chained to a wall by Boy George had asked to be handcuffed during an erotic photography session, a court has heard.

Boy George - real name George O'Dowd - is accused of the false imprisonment of Audun Carlsen at Mr O'Dowd's home in Shoreditch, east London, in April last year.

While jurors were shown a picture of a semi-naked Mr Carlsen with a choker on his neck and chains around his wrist, he maintains would never allow himself to be restrained.

Mr Carlsen, 29, and Mr O'Dowd, 46, arranged to meet after contacting each other on the social networking website Gaydar.

Mr Carlsen was paid by the singer to pose for photographs, and at their first meeting, the two took cocaine and Mr O'Dowd performed a sex act on the escort, Snaresbrook crown court heard.

Jurors heard earlier this week that Mr O'Dowd believed his personal computers had been interfered with and suspected Mr Carlsen of being involved.

The pair exchanged further emails - in which Mr O'Dowd accused Mr Carlsen of hacking into his computer - but eventually arranged a second meeting.

It was on this occasion that Mr Carlsen was 'ambushed' by the former pop star and another man, said Heather Norton, prosecuting.

Adrian Waterman, Mr O'Dowd's defence counsel, told the court Mr Carlsen was willing to be handcuffed.

"During this photo shoot you yourself took handcuffs and asked to put them on," he said.

The male escort said this allegation was "rubbish" and claimed he had put the chains around his wrists only to look like he was being restrained.

He added that he permitted Mr O'Dowd to put chains on him but "not to be tied up, I would never be tied up".

Mr O'Dowd denies a charge of false imprisonment and the trial continues.


26/11/2008 13:47:00