Grammy-winning R&B singer and The Voice judge CeeLo Green was charged on Monday with giving the drug ecstasy to a woman, allegedly slipping it to her while the two were dining, said officials with the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.
Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, was charged with a felony count of furnishing a controlled substance, the District Attorney's office said in a statement.
He "slipped" the drug ecstasy to the 33-year-old woman while the two were out dining at a Los Angeles restaurant in July 2012, prosecutors said in the statement. The statement added that Green, 39, and the unnamed female went back to the woman's hotel room after dinner. Celebrity website TMZ.com reported last year that the woman in the case had filed a police report accusing Green of sexual assault.
Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office, said the woman had contacted the police. Prosecutors, however, said there was insufficient evidence to charge Green with rape of an intoxicated person. Green's representatives did not immediately return Reuters' requests for comment. Green, a Georgia native, is best known for his 2010 hit song "Forget You," and is a judge on The Voice, NBC's reality singing competition. He is also one half of soul music duo Gnarls Barkley, best known for songs such as the 2006 smash hit "Crazy," and has won five Grammy awards, including three as a solo artist.
The singer is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday. He faces up to four years in state prison if convicted.