Cee Lo Green has been charged with giving ecstasy to a woman, who accused him of sexually assaulting her; the felony charge could result in a four-year prison sentence.

Cee Lo, a popular singer, artist and reality show personality from NBC’s The Voice, was accused last year of rape by a 33-year-old woman who claimed that the singer had assaulted her after the two had dinner at the Luxe Hotel in July 2012.

Yesterday, on Oct. 21, Cee Lo appeared in a Los Angeles court to face charges from the District Attorney’s Office. Though the DA decided not to move forward with sexual assault charges after determining there was insufficient evidence to bring the case to trial, the DA did file charges against the singer for giving the woman ecstasy without her knowledge. Cee Lo allegedly slipped the drug in her drink at their dinner. The woman told investigators that she woke up naked in bed with the singer and a source says that there is a documented phone call in which Cee Lo admits to giving the woman ecstasy, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Cee Lo pleaded not guilty and was released from the court after posting bail.

“We are pleased that the Los Angeles County District Attorney has completed its investigation and concluded that the evidence did not support the false and unfounded claims made over a year ago. 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 and it would be established that any relations were consensual.

“Cee Lo had faith that if the true facts were known the District Attorney would reject those charges. As it relates to the one charge of furnishing or sharing ecstasy, Mr. Green will responsibly address that matter in a court of law but not comment on it further out of respect for the process,” Blair Berk, Green’s attorney, said.

Cee Lo will return to court on Nov. 20. In the meantime, Cee Lo will continue to appear on The Voice, the singing competition that will begin live shows next week. No word on how Cee Lo’s legal woes will affect the show.

– Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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