Singer Cee Lo Green pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles Monday to a felony charge that he furnished a controlled substance to a woman. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 4 years in prison.
A bond agent immediately posted Green's $30,000 bail, the Los Angeles Times reported. His case is due back in court Nov. 20.
The district attorney's office said Green, 38, "allegedly slipped Ecstasy to a 33-year-old female while the two were dining at a downtown Los Angeles restaurant sometime between July 13 and July 14, 2012. The two later went back to the woman's hotel." The Los Angeles Times characterized the drug as Molly, the powder or crystalline form of Ecstasy.
The woman said she woke up naked in bed with the singer, according to the newspaper, but following two rounds of investigations over nearly a year, the district attorney's office said there was insufficient evidence to file a charge of rape of an intoxicated person.
Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, has previously denied wrongdoing, telling TMZ.com last October, "Nothing ever happened there or anywhere else." The Associated Press said his rep had no immediate comment Monday.
TMZ said Monday that according to law-enforcement sources, the accuser and Green dated for months and had previously been intimate, making a sex-related charge difficult to prosecute. The site added that most people convicted of furnishing a controlled substance receive probation for a first offense.
The singer, who has won Grammy Awards for the hits "Forget You" and "Fool for You," is a judge on the NBC singing competition, "The Voice."