BOY GEORGE has been released from prison nine months early.

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The popstar/DJ – real name George O’Dowd – was sent down for 15 months back in January after being found guilty of falsely imprisoning a male escort by chaining him up, but was today released for good behaviour.

Sporting a natty silver-white beard to match his closely-shaved head as he emerged from Edmunds Hill Prison in Suffolk, Boy George saluted the watching crowd and was then driven away in a friend’s Range Rover.

While inside, Boy George reportedly “terrfied” Jack Tweed, when the Culture Club singer shared shower facilities with Jade Goody’s widower.

“Jack isn’t the most comfortable person when it comes to getting attention from other men,” said a friend.

“As soon as he saw Boy George standing there naked having a wash, he was gobsmacked.

“Jack knew what Boy George was in jail for and didn’t want to take any chances. He just turned white and legged it.”