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Cee Lo Green pleads not guilty

Cee Lo Green has pleaded not guilty to giving a woman ecstasy during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles.

The singer appeared in court on Monday and entered the plea through his lawyer Blair Berk.

The hearing occurred hours after the singer was charged with one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance.

He could face up to four years in prison if convicted.

Ms Berk said the singer, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, was pleased prosecutors declined to pursue a rape charge against him.

Green was pleased that the rape charge was rejected and will address the ecstasy count in court, his MsBerk wrote in a statement.

She said any sexual contact between her client and the woman was consensual.

"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," Ms Berk wrote. She declined further comment.

Green is the Grammy-winning singer of the hit Forget You and performed as part of the duo Gnarls Barkley. He appears as a judge on NBC's The Voice show. The network declined comment on the charge.

Green's bail was set at 30,000 dollars and his case is due back in court on November 20.

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