Boy George accused Scarlette Douglas of trying to shut him down as he attempted to debate Matt Hancock‘s political choices during Wednesday’s episode of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
The singer, 61, claimed A Place In The Sun presenter Scarlette, 35, changed the subject any time she heard George talking to West Suffolk MP Matt about his policies.
Chatting in the camp, George told the former Health Secretary of the government’s choices: ‘Just spend less on arms. £35 billion a year. Why do you sneer at spending less on arms?’
Silenced? Boy George, 61, accused Scarlette Douglas of trying to shut him down as he debated Matt Hancock’s political choices during Wednesday’s episode of I’m A Celebrity
Matt said: ‘I don’t, I don’t, it’s just a different debate.’
Interrupting, Scarlette said: ‘Matt, just quickly, you know when you asked whose socks they were and I asked you to put them over here… remember the socks from this morning, I said just stick them… where did you put them?’
Noting the topic change, George said: ‘She’s trying to save you, very interesting.’
Debate: The singer claimed A Place In The Sun presenter Scarlette, 35, changed the subject any time she heard George talking to West Suffolk MP Matt (pictured) about his policies
He added in the Bush Telegraph said: ‘I just noticed sometimes when I start a debate with Matt, Scarlette comes in and kind of shuts me down a bit or tries to change the subject. I don’t know whether Scarlette’s got political aspirations. But sorry, I’m just not going to stop talking. I will say what I want.’
George joked to Matt: ‘You haven’t got out of that debate, come back.’
Matt replied: ‘I’m not doing that one. I’m not doing it,’ prompting George to say: ‘That’s interesting.’
Change of topic: Scarlette changed the subject to socks while George was speaking to Matt about governmental decisions
In the Bush Telegraph, Matt said: ‘I seem to have a trial whether I go out on an official trial or stay in camp. But most of the conversations are really interesting and I love a debate anyway, so that’s fine.’
Seann said of George’s reactions in the Bush Telegraph: ‘Boy George is the firework in the jungle. It’s absolutely hilarious. He does not care. And I think we all love him for it.’
Later, George said to Seann at the creek: ‘She [Scarlette] sort of shut me down and she’s done it a few times. Matt is a grown adult and he can answer me. I’m not going to be shut down.
‘If you don’t want to talk about something interesting, that’s your problem. It really annoyed me because it’s happened about three or four times. I don’t know whether it’s deliberate… It’s a weird thing. Are we going to sit here and talk about biscuits all day?’
Seething: It comes after Boy George was less than impressed when his camp mate Scarlette Douglas brought up his jail-time and court case during Wednesday’s episode
It came after George appeared less than impressed when Scarlette brought up his jail-time and court case earlier in the episode.
The Karma Chameleon singer was sentenced to 15 months for the assault and false imprisonment of Norwegian male sex worker Audun Carlsen during a ‘psychotic episode’ while abusing drugs, and ended up serving four months.
The Culture Club star, whose real name is George Alan O’Dowd, has since turned over a new leaf and celebrated a decade of sobriety in 2018.
And George did not appreciate his history being a topic of conversation in camp, as he ranted it was ‘inappropriate’ for Scarlette to bring it up.
Looking back: The singer, 61, was sentenced to 15 months for the assault and false imprisonment of male sex worker Audun Carlsen, with Scarlette asking him about the incident
Talking in camp, Scarlette said: ‘What happened with you BG and some guy in handcuffs and a radiator?’
Boy George replied: ‘That’s not true.’
Scarlette said: ‘I don’t know the story, I just heard radiator, handcuffs…’
Boy George said: ‘It’s not true, no radiators.’
Scarlette said: ‘Oh, just handcuffs.’
Boy George said: ‘Handcuffs is true but the radiator bit wasn’t true, but thanks for bringing it up.’
Scarlette said: ‘Sorry, it wouldn’t surprise me if that was a fake story.’.
Assault: In December 2008, Boy George was convicted for the assault and false imprisonment of Norwegian male sex worker Audun Carlsen (pictured) during a ‘psychotic episode’ the previous year
George replied: ‘Sometimes these things, they go into the ether, and people keep saying them and they become folklore.’
He said in the Bush Telegraph: ‘Scarlette blatantly talked about my court case. I thought it was inappropriate what she did, actually.
‘I thought she shouldn’t have said what she said to me. And I thought I handled it really well as it’s a big sore point for me when people say things like that.’
Boy George added in camp: ‘I think if it was true I wouldn’t be working now.’
Scarlette said: ‘I don’t even know what the full story was, I just remember hearing handcuffs and radiator.’
Full story: George suggested only he knew the full details of what had happened, insisting he had not chained Auden to a radiator but that he had handcuffed him
George replied: ‘Good job I know what the full story was. The best way to explain my thing, Scarlette, if I beat someone up there would be photographs. And there were none, because it didn’t happen. So when you beat someone up, the first thing the police do is take a photograph and they show them in court.
‘There was no photos because I didn’t do that. But I did do one thing. I did handcuff him, yeah. Because I’d handcuffed the guy I’d already assaulted him. So, when I said “I did it”, I thought, I’ll tell the truth they’ll let me go home. I went to prison for four months. I was on tag for four months as well.’
He added: ‘Do you know what people in prison were amazing to me. They loved me.’
Scarlette asked: ‘What was that experience like?’
Unimpressed: Speaking in the Bush Telegraph, George expressed his distaste at A Place In The Sun presenter Scarlette’s line of questioning
Boy George said: ‘It was very boring. The clothes was quite similar to this. They also thought I was going to be a total nightmare. And when I wasn’t… they literally thanked me when I left. They were like, “Oh my god.” I knew when I was there, I was like, “right this isn’t my life. This isn’t what I want, I’m never coming back”. I accepted it and I just thought I’ll take what happens.’
He added: ‘Sometimes I think, do I want to explain it? I know the truth. I also know, if I’d done what I was accused of doing, I don’t think I’d be working. I don’t think I’d ever have come back from it. That was a slightly tabloid exaggerated scene.’
The conversation comes after Richard Madeley slammed the campmates for not grilling Boy George on his time in prison.
Not impressed: The conversation comes after Richard Madeley slammed the campmates for not grilling Boy George on his time in prison
Imprisonment: The singer, 61, was sentenced to 15 months for the assault and false imprisonment of Norwegian male sex worker Audun Carlsen during a ‘psychotic episode’, and ended up serving four months
On Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain, the presenter told Susanna Reid: ‘He’s not been questioned about it. He chained someone to a radiator for a very long time and beat them up.’
Susanna responded saying: ‘Well he denies the beating.’
‘Well he was convicted and spent four months in prison and no one has mentioned it to him at all,’ Richard added.
He continued: ‘I wonder if that’s because they’ve forgotten it.’
Susanna said: ‘It was more than 10 years ago that it happened.’
To which Richard replied: ‘Yeah. He says it was a psychotic episode partly fuelled by drugs, that’s his rationale.’
In December 2008, Boy George was convicted for the assault and false imprisonment of Carlsen during a ‘psychotic episode’ the previous year.
It was claimed he shackled Mr Carlsen to a radiator and whipped him with a chain while screaming abuse when he was in the grips of a £400-a-day heroin habit.
Criticism: But the topic has seemingly not come up in the jungle so far, which Richard has criticised
George first met Mr Carlsen in 2007 when he got in touch via a dating site and asked Audun to model items from his clothing range.
They met at George’s flat in Shoreditch, East London where they drank wine and took cocaine but things took an unwanted turn.
After returning from the shop, George set upon Audun with another man, claiming the visitor had tried to hack into his computer, beating him and leaving him handcuffed to a wall fixture, from which he escaped by wrenching himself free.
Strong words: On Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain, the presenter told Susanna Reid: ‘He’s not been questioned about it. He chained someone to a radiator for a very long time and beat them up’
George was jailed in 2009 for 15 months after being found guilty of assault and false imprisonment, but was given early release after four months for good behaviour.
Still traumatised by the incident, former escort Mr Carlsen recently hit out at George appearing on I’m A Celebrity.
He told the Mirror: ‘Had I been a woman and he did what he did, he would never have been given the platform. It’s hurtful that big organisations like ITV give him that platform.
‘I think giving him this sort of platform and a record fee sends the wrong message to survivors of violence and abuse and is plain wrong.’
A representative for George told MailOnline: ‘George went to jail for four months willingly after openly confessing to false imprisonment during a psychotic break 15 years ago whilst in the midst of a well documented drug problem.
‘Not only has he been a pillar of society ever since, but he also remains sober to this day.
‘He apologised publicly on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories four years ago and we are very proud of him for his rehabilitation.
‘Everyone is entitled to a second chance and George has certainly earned it.’
Troubles: The Culture Club star has battled drug and alcohol addictions and in 2009, was jailed for 15 months for the assault and false imprisonment of a Norwegian male sex worker
An ITV source told MailOnline: ‘This is a historical, spent conviction dating back 12 years and Boy George has appeared on major TV networks globally on numerous occasions over the last decade, including as a coach for The Voice UK on the BBC and The Voice Australia.’
Speaking of the attack in 2020, Boy George sobbed on TV as he described a ‘psychotic episode’ when he kept Mr Carlsen prisoner in his flat.
He told Piers Morgan on his ITV’s Life Stories show that he had not apologised to his Norwegian victim because it ‘wouldn’t make any difference’.
He said: ‘I sent myself to prison. I told the police why I did what I did. In hindsight I was having a psychotic episode. I was a drug addict so I can’t sit here and say my reasons for doing it were founded in any way.
‘But I told the truth. I said, ‘This is why I did it. I was having a paranoid episode’. I have always denied beating the guy.’
I’M A CELEBRITY 2022: THE FULL LINEUP
CLAIM TO FAME: Legendary pop star
PHOBIAS: Being scared
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am going straight into the jungle from playing at various festivals and gigs
ROLE IN THE CAMP: In-house dietician reassuring everyone that they will be ok on the jungle diet. And entertainer – I will sing!
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a very positive person and I don’t bear any grudges
DREAM CAMPMATE: It would be funny if my ex, Jon Moss, comes on the programme -but I don’t think that will happen!
CLAIM TO FAME: Radio DJ
PHOBIAS: I am petrified of heights. I ended up carrying the bags when we took my girlfriend’s niece once to Go Ape as I am so petrified!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? A friend’s birthday, a wedding, and Leeds United matches
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer. Hopefully I can help shorten everyone’s boredom.
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hiding food! I am going to fly out early and sneak into the jungle and hide pot noodles everywhere, then I will be everyone’s best friend!
DREAM CAMPMATE: Ant and Dec…let’s see how they cope for 24 hours!
CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street
PHOBIAS: Don’t be ridiculous! I am not going to admit to what I fear most!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Coronation Street and we are expecting another grandchild any day, so hopefully it will arrive before I fly out to Australia.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will be more of a mum – that is where I will naturally fit.
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I am a good listener, so hopefully I will be a friendly ear for everyone.
DREAM CAMPMATE: Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold. He is my TV husband and it would be lovely to have an ally in camp!
CLAIM TO FAME: Presenter of A Place In The Sun
PHOBIAS: Spiders. There is no point in lying about it! I’ve got an irrational fear about them
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Just a holiday which I can postpone
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum, cook and morale booster. I always like to look at the positive side in life
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I will be good at making sure everything is tidy in camp
DREAM CAMPMATE: Mo Gilligan. He is hilarious and I totally fancy him!
CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian
PHOBIAS: I am scared of absolutely everything. Snakes, rats – I am fearful of them all and I am dreading the trials
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I was going on tour but we’ve postponed it now until next year
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Tension breaker. If I can break tension anywhere it starts up in the camp, then I will do that. We don’t need to be bickering as it will be a first-time experience for everyone
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hopefully I will bring some humour to the camp
DREAM CAMPMATE: I am a big Arsenal fan and so any ex-Arsenal player would be great. I am looking forward to chatting to Ant & Dec about football
CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian
PHOBIAS: I am not too pleased about rats being in there but I am just trying to pretend it is not happening!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am really looking forward to taking part in this show
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: People have voiced their feelings about me and I am hoping they will see I am very different. I want to create new memories
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I am a great listener. I can’t cook but if someone would like to teach me, then I will give it a go
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t want to put myself down but if my friends were to answer this question, they would say there isn’t much Seann can do! I am not really bringing too much to the table which is why I am a good listener!
DREAM CAMPER: Lee Evans, anyone from Blink-182 or Boy George. My mum took me to see him at Wembley and he wore a satellite dish as a hat!
CLAIM TO FAME: Rugby Union player and married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall
PHOBIAS: I haven’t admitted to having any phobias but in a weird way, I am looking forward to taking part in the trials!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My podcast series and the rugby Internationals this autumn
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Morning motivator. I would like to see everyone get on well and us all have a great experience
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a positive person
DREAM CAMPMATE: Samuel L Jackson would be cool. He has lived the life!
CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Romeo Nightingale in Hollyoaks
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I am a big fan of football so I will miss watching the start of the World Cup
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer and games coordinator
BEST ATTRIBUTE: It is definitely not my cooking skills or brains!
DREAM CAMPMATE: Any of the Leicester City starting 11!
CLAIM TO FAME: ITV newsreader and Loose Women anchor
PHOBIAS: I am not sure what my fear factor will be because I’ve never had rodents, spiders and snakes crawling all over me!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My children’s annual school ball which I am gutted about
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and cook. I don’t mind falling into that position
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I like to listen and talk. I love learning about people and I have a natural curiosity for people
DREAM CAMPMATE: Colin Murray and Richard Osman
CLAIM TO FAME: Retired England Lioness
PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats and the thought of being underground fills me with fear!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? The Men’s World Cup. I am going to find it weird not being able to know how the men are getting on in the tournament. Hopefully they will still be in the tournament when I come out of the jungle
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Helping hand. I like to help people if they aren’t having a good day
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hard worker. I will always find a way to add value. I am also very honest
DREAM CAMPMATE: Another sports person would be great as it would be someone to bounce ideas off.
OLIVIA ATTWOOD – EXITED THE SHOW
CLAIM TO FAME: Love Island star
PHOBIAS: I hate the dark so I’m keen to avoid any challenges in the darkness
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, had the show been on air any later, I could have missed my sister’s wedding
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Clown. I was always the class clown at school and I love having a laugh
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t take myself seriously and I have got a good sense of humour
DREAM CAMPMATE: A pop legend like Dolly Parton who has amazing stories to tell
CLAIM TO FAME: Politician
PHOBIAS: Snakes. I don’t thankfully suffer from claustrophobia –or I think I don’t!
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: Politicians are people too and it will be nice for people to see me as me. We are human too
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I like to muck in, and I think I will be collecting a lot of firewood. I like cooking too