The ever-extravagant Cee Lo Green has kept his past under wraps, but now a secret he’s been harboring has been exposed. The “Forget You” singer was arrested in July 2001 for threatening his then-wife Christina Johnson, reports RadarOnline.
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Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Galloway, got into a heated war of words with Johnson and the incident turned nasty. Reportedly, Green became so enraged during the argument with his ex-wife that he picked up a wooden statue and smashed all the windows of their expensive Jaguar.
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A terrified Johnson called 911 and the Fayetteville, Georgia, police responded to her call. At the time, the couple had been married four years and had a son.
Green was arrested for the incident two days later and charged with simple assault (family violence) and disorderly conduct, both are considered to be misdemeanors. The 36-year-old performer was released on the same day of his arrest on $2,800 bail.
A few months after the incident in September, when Green failed to show up for his court hearing for the arraignment of his charges, police picked him up on a warrant and placed him in a jail cell for two days. Green, who plead no contest to the disorderly conduct charge, was placed on 12 months probation but was forced to undergo domestic violence counseling, along with random drug and alcohol testing.
Johnson, who once referred to her ex as “a really good man with a sweet heart” divorced him in 2004, blamed the dissolution of their union on “mental and physical cruelty.” She also asked that she be given sole custody of their son and her request was granted by a judge. Green did agree with the judge’s decision and was awarded visitation but with the prerequisite that he complete a psychiatric evaluation.
Now the colorful entertainer has since admitted to getting his temper in check. “I was saved through my association with music. Music did calm a savage beast,” Green says, according to RadarOnline.