Boy George gets into trouble at a small Yorkshire nightspot

By GEORGINA RYALL             NORTHERN ECHO

ImageA MOTHER accused of being involved in an altercation with 1980s pop icon Boy George says she has been left shaken by the incident.

Mum-of-three Danielle Forster, 23, from Thirsk, North Yorkshire, said she had gone to Club Amadeus, in Northallerton with her boyfriend, Matthew Jewitt, 19, and some friends last Saturday. The former Culture Club frontman was DJ-ing at the venue.

Miss Forster, who works in a travel agents, said at about 2.30am she was waiting outside for her friend to collect her coat when she spotted the singer leaving the club and recognised him immediately.

 

She said: “I saw two bouncers escorting Boy George so, as he walked past, I went to grab his attention, as it’s not every day you see someone famous in this town.”

She described how a scuffle then broke out as the singer lost his hat and something struck her head, leaving her feeling “lightheaded and dizzy” with a “really bad headache”.

After an x-ray at the Friarage Hospital, in Northallerton, it was diagnosed as concussion. Miss Forster says the whole incident left her feeling panicky and shocked.

She says she has also been affected by media attention that she has since received, as she was initially accused of assaulting the 50-year-old singer.

 

Boy George, real name George O’Dowd, uploaded a photo of himself with a black eye on Twitter after his trip to Northallerton, commenting: “Looking pretty after getting assaulted on Saturday night!

“Someone pulled off my hat and in the struggle to get it back I got poked.”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police confirmed they received a complaint from a 23-year-old local woman following an incident outside the club.

No one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Culture Club were one of the most successful groups of the 1980s, with chart-topping singles including Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? and Karma Chameleon, which was the biggest selling UK single of 1983.

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