Singer Cee Lo Green pleaded no contest on Friday at Los Angeles County Superior Court to allegations he drugged a woman with ecstasy.
The 39-year-old signer, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, was hit with a felony drug charge originally from the 2012 incident.
The former “The Voice” judge stated, “I plead no contest where I maintain my innocence”.
The 39-year-old musician avoided jail time as Judge Mark Young sentenced him to three years of probation and 360 hours of community service. He was also ordered to avoid alcohol if his probation officer recommends it.
Cee Lo had been accused of slipping ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner date in Los Angeles.
The Grammy-winning singer also entered a special plea in which he maintained his innocence in the case and that prevents his no contest plea from being used against him in civil court. The drug case could be used against Green in criminal court if he faces another drug offense.
Prosecutors rejected a rape charge against Green when he was charged with the felony drug charge in October 2013. His attorney Blair Berk has said Green had consensual sex with the woman he gave ecstasy to during the July 2012 dinner.
No civil case has been filed over the incident in Los Angeles, court records show.
Green won a Grammy for the hit “Forget You” and performed as part of the duo Gnarls Barkley. He appeared as a judge on the NBC competition show “The Voice,” but left the show after he was charged.
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