Boy George has lost his court battle to win a place on a U.K. reality TV show - a judge has denied him permission to appear in the series.
The former Culture Club star had reportedly agreed a $320,000 (£200,000) fee to star in Britain's Celebrity Big Brother, but the U.K.'s Probation Service ruled he should not be allowed to participate because of his recent stint in prison.
The singer, real name George O'Dowd, was jailed in January (09) for the false imprisonment and assault of a male escort in 2007.
He was released early in May (09) on licence and forced to wear an electronic tag, and must only agree to "approved" work whereby a probation officer can visit him.
O'Dowd's legal team attempted to appeal the ban on him appearing on the show, but at a High Court hearing in London on Wednesday (23Dec09) a judge ruled against him.
A spokesman for the Probation Service says, "We believe we made a common sense direction and this has been endorsed by the judge. We expect offenders to keep to their licence conditions which are in place to protect the public, punish offenders for their crime and aid rehabilitation."