Cee Lo Green in court over ecstasy drink spiking claims

30/03/14

Cee Lo Green

Cee Lo Green has appeared in court in Los Angeles, accused of spiking a woman's drink with an ecstasy tablet.

It's claimed it happened in July 2012 at a sushi restaurant in LA.

The singer first appeared in court last October, when he denied a charge of furnishing a controlled substance, which carries a possible jail sentence of up to four years.

On Friday a preliminary hearing was set for April 28.

Cee Lo Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, is a coach on The Voice in the US.

He announced in February that he will not be returning to the TV singing contest.

The singer has hired top lawyer Blair Berk, who has defended other celebrities in the past including Lindsay Lohan and Gerard Butler.

An earlier rape charge has been dropped due to insufficient evidence.

Cee Lo Green and daughter
Image caption Cee Lo Green and his daughter attend the 56th Grammy Awards in January

Speaking outside Los Angeles Superior Court at an earlier hearing, Green told reporters: "I'm a fan of good, clean living."

Cee Lo Green began his music career in the 1990s as a rapper with hip-hop group Goodie Mob.

He then launched a solo career before finding success as part of the duo Gnarls Barkley after they released their first album together, St. Elsewhere, in 2006.

The album's first single, Crazy, became an worldwide hit.

He has also won five Grammys and various other music awards.

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