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New look for George.

Singer Boy George tried out a new look - a street sweeper's orange vest - as he began five days of community service with the New York City department of sanitation yesterday.

It did not take him long to get into a confrontation with the media. He yelled. "Let me do my community service."

Boy George, 45, took to the streets of Manhattan wearing an orange vest, dark capri pants, and without his androgynous style from the 1980s, when he sang "Karma Chameleon".

The singer, born George O'Dowd, was ordered to spend five days working for the department of sanitation after pleading guilty in March to falsely reporting a burglary at his lower Manhattan apartment. The officers who responded found cocaine instead.

"Things outside in the street were a little chaotic," said sanitation spokesman Keith Mellis. "We'll see if there's some cleaning that can be done inside."

The sweeping later resumed in a gated sanitation parking lot, as photographers crowded outside the gate.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 15, 2006
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