Boy George has been charged with “conspiracy to defraud” former Culture Club teammate Jon Moss.
Moss – who was a founding member of ‘Karma Chameleon’ hitmakers – has launched a High Court challenge against singer, guitarist Roy Hay and bassist Michael Craig.
The 64-year-old drummer claims he was cheated out of £188,000, after being kicked out of the band in 2018 by their manager.
Moss claims he owes the “outstanding balance” under the contract he signed for their “Life Tour.”
None of his former bandmates appeared in the remote hearing. However, it is understood that they all dispute Moss’ accusations.
Another hearing is now due to be held on May 4.
Moss played in the band for 37 years and he previously claimed he was responsible for the Culture Club’s name.
He said, “It was Caravan Club and then it was something unspeakable. Then I started Culture Club because of all the different people in the band.”
The drummer also recalled his first meeting with Boy George, who before forming Culture Club was an occasional vocalist with Bow Wow Wow, under the stage name Lieutenant Lush.
He shared: “I had seen it. It was the punk era where everything was a bit of a blur and it was a much smaller London at that time so you were meeting people.
“But when I first met him it was in a really weird theatrical warehouse, which was just fitting. I think people were more interested in George’s personality than his actual talent at I saw there was a lot going on for him but really George got around town and was known to dress up.
“He could sing. He just needed a little encouragement, let’s say. At first, a lot of people knew something was going on, but they didn’t understand it because it was rather on the left at the time.”
Jon and Boy George – real name George O’Dowd – engaged in a relationship during the height of Culture Club’s success in the 1980s, although the romance was kept under wraps at the time.
Their relationship ended in 1986 just before the band broke up.