George Michael arrested on drug charges
Pop diva, George Michael has been arrested over alleged drugs offences after being
found slumped over the steering wheel of his car.
The 42-year-old singer was taken into custody early on Sunday at Hyde Park Corner in central London after a member of the public called police to investigate a man slumped over the wheel of his car.
"We were called by a member of the public to a
man seen slumped over the steering wheel of a car on the street close to
Hyde Park Corner.
Police said he had been held on suspicion of possessing class C drugs, a group in British law which includes cannabis, tranquilisers and some painkillers.
"A search of the man revealed what was believed to be controlled
"It's my own stupid fault, as usual," Michael said in a statement. "I was in possession of class C drugs, which is an offence, and I have no complaints about the police, who were professional throughout."
He added that he was tested by a police doctor who determined that Michael was capable of driving himself home. In fact, he was given a lift by a duty solicitor because his car was accidentally immobilised by police.
He has been bailed to return to a police station in late March pending a police investigation.
Michael has sold more than 80 million records throughout his career and enjoyed as much fame as a solo artist as he did as frontman of the band Wham!.
According to reports, officers also found a stash of pornographic material,
sex toys and sex masks in the boot of the vehicle.
This is not Michael's first public brush with the law.
In 1998, he was arrested in Los Angeles for lewd conduct after indecently
exposing himself to an undercover police officer in a public toilet.
His conviction for lewd conduct resulted in a $450 fine and 80 hours community service.
It also forced Michael to admit he was gay, something he had refused to be drawn on in the past
Once he put his sexuality in the public domain he became vocal about gay issues, speaking publicly about the death of his partner Aselmo to Aids in the early 1990s reports BBC news