Culture Club founding member Jon Moss tried to stop Boy George selling his Hampstead home amid an ongoing High Court, a judge has been told.

The drummer is bringing a legal challenge against lead singer Boy George, guitarist Roy Hay and bassist Michael Craig, after allegedly being “expelled” by their manager in September 2018 after 37 years playing together.

In written submissions ahead of a six-day trial in March, Mr Moss's lawyer, Tom Weisselberg KC, revealed that Mr Moss had previously applied for a “limited freezing injunction” against Boy George’s home in Hampstead, north London, after discovering the singer was seeking to sell the property.

This was because Mr Moss “considered that there was a risk that he would dissipate his assets”, Mr Weisselberg said.

The property was taken off the market this month, and Mr Moss’s application was dismissed, the court was told.

Thomas Plewman KC, for Boy George, Mr Hay and Mr Craig, said in written submissions the freezing order application was “ill-founded” and that their preparation for the trial had been affected by the singer’s participation in I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!.

The trial will determine the value of the Culture Club name, the profits made by the band since Mr Moss’s alleged “expulsion”, and the amount he is entitled to receive.

It will cover Mr Moss’s claim to an “outstanding balance” of 246,000.17 dollars (£188,000) under the terms of a band agreement reached over the operation of its 2018 Life Tour.

Boy George - real name is George O’Dowd - Mr Craig and Mr Hay are understood to be disputing his claim to the outstanding money.

The High Court previously heard that the band settled a dispute over whether there was a “continuing partnership” since the formation of Culture Club before a trial listed in December last year, with Boy George, Mr Hay and Mr Craig conceding there was until Mr Moss’s alleged “expulsion”.

Tom Weisselberg KC, for Mr Moss, said in written submissions for a preliminary hearing before Mrs Justice Joanna Smith on December 15 that this “eleventh hour change of position... on the partnership issue was an enormous waste of costs”.

He added that the drummer had so far “been put to costs of some £1 million in order to obtain recompense for his years of work in the band”.

“That is particularly galling as he was the only band member to have taken a real interest in ensuring that its financial affairs were in order; he managed its financial affairs for more than 30 years,” the barrister added.

The payment of legal fees in the case will be decided following an outcome of the trial due to begin on March 23 next year.