briannaeffel (briannaeffel) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

George Michael arrested

George Michael / Reuters

POLICE in London reportedly arrested singer George Michael at the weekend after he was found slumped at the wheel of a car.

The 42-year-old singer was held by police on suspicion of drug possession, Britain's Press Association said.

He has been bailed and must return to a police station next month.

PA said police had found Michael in his car, at Hyde Park Corner, on Saturday after being alerted by a member of the public.

The paperwork was filled out under his real name: Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "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".

"An ambulance attended, but the man was not suffering from any injuries so was not conveyed to hospital.

"Police attended and spoke to the man, aged 42. A search of the man revealed what was believed to be controlled substances.

"He was arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled substances of category C and on suspicion of being unfit to drive.

"Following an examination by the duty doctor in the custody suite he was de-arrested for the driving offence.

"He has been released on bail to return to a central London police station on a date in late March pending analysis of the substances recovered."

In 1998, Michael was arrested for lewd conduct in a public toilet in Los Angeles, which sparked days of frenzied speculation about his sexuality. Michael revealed as a result that he was gay.

Michael has been a chart-topper since the 1980s, when he shot to fame as the leading half of pop duo Wham!, whose hits include Freedom and I'm Your Man.

His subsequent solo career has been a massive success, with his first album Faith selling 10 million copies.,10117,18285740-2,00.html


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