LOS ANGELES – Cee Lo Green was charged on Monday with giving a woman Ecstasy at a Los Angeles restaurant, but prosecutors declined to file a rape count against the singer because of insufficient evidence.
Green, 38, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, was expected to be arraigned later in the day on one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance. He could face four years in prison if convicted.
Green was pleased that the rape charge was rejected and will address the Ecstasy charge in court, his attorney Blair Berk wrote in a statement.
Mr. Green encouraged a full and complete investigation of those claims and he was confident once conducted he would be cleared of having any wrongful intent, Berk wrote. She declined to comment further.
Prosecutors claim Green gave the woman Ecstasy in July 2012.
Newton boat sinks
Authorities are investigating the sinking of a yacht owned by Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton at a Lake Mead marina.
National Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover said Monday that the 65-foot vessel sank stern-first in 45 feet of water while it was in a slip at the Temple Bar marina.
Vanover says no one was on the boat, and no injuries are reported.
McCrone says Newton and his wife were vacationing out of the country when the boat sank Friday.
The top five movies from the weekend box office:
1. Gravity, $30 million
2. Captain Phillips, $17.3 million
3. Carrie, $17 million
4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, $10.1 million
5. Escape Plan, $9.8 million
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Joan Fontaine is 96. Actor Christopher Lloyd is 75. Actor Derek Jacobi is 75. Actor Tony Roberts is 74. Actress Catherine Deneuve is 70. Guitarist Leslie West is 68. Actor Jeff Goldblum is 61. Cris Kirkwood of Meat Puppets is 53. Actor Bob Odenkirk is 51. Singer TobyMac is 49. Singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding is 48. Comedian Carlos Mencia is 46. Country singer Shelby Lynne is 45. Reggae rapper Shaggy is 45. Director Spike Jonze is 44. Rapper Tracey Lee is 43. Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson is 38. Actor Michael Fishman is 32. Drummer Zac Hanson is 28. Actor Jonathan Lipnicki is 23.