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Social Media Foolery: “F U” Cee Lo Defends Against Rape Accusation on Twitter

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Cee Lo Green Explains Alleged Rape ChargeAmerican Singer Cee Lo Green has taken to twitter to deny charges that he raped a woman in 2012, after allegedly spiking her drink with ecstasy. Let’s be clear. The police has not found sufficient evidence and has never charged him for rape.

What he has pled to is one felony count of furnishing ecstasy.

In California, such a charge can be found under California’s Health and Safety Code Section 11379 which prohibits against “transporting or selling ecstasy.” If you are convicted of such a crime in California, then it is a felony. In terms of sentencing, you could be subject to a maximum fine of $10,000 and 1-4 years in state prison or 6-9years if you “transport” the  ecstasy across more than two county lines.

Cee Lo was sentenced and received three years probation according to news reports.

So, he has not been charged neither has he been convicted of any sexual crime.

Now, for ANY artist or creative or the average citizen, I think it is VERY VERY foolish, no actually, stupid, to get on social media and discuss or defend yourself against crimes you are alleged to have committed, especially when you have never been charged for that crime.

Just because you were not charged for the crime now doesn’t mean you will not be charged for the crime in future. Any and all things you say about the crime can and will be used against you in a court of law. What you do on social media is now evidence subject to being subpoenaed in a court of law.

(NOTE: If you do have a situation like this where you are charged with a  crime, get a criminal defense lawyer to help you with your situation ASAP).

That’s all I have to say about this situation.

-Uduak

Cee Lo Green Explains Alleged Rape Charge

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