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George Michael admits drug-driving

  1. buseman
    George Michael has pleaded guilty in a London court to driving under the influence of cannabis when he crashed his car into a shop last month.

    The 47-year-old singer also admitted possessing cannabis cigarettes.

    A scrum of photographers met Michael as he arrived at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court dressed in a black suit over a black jumper.

    In court, he spoke only to give his plea and confirm his real name of Georgios Panayiotou.

    District Judge Robin McPhee gave the singer an interim six-month driving ban and said he would be sentenced on September 14 after the court considers his case.

    He will remain on bail until that date.

    I make it clear the options in respect of sentence remain open, including the power to imprison, the judge said.

    It is a serious matter. Your driving was extremely poor and there was an accident.

    There is also a conviction from three years ago.

    In the latest incident, Michael was arrested after his Range Rover crashed into a photography shop in north London in the early hours of July 4.

    The court heard how police found the singer slumped at the wheel with the engine still running.

    Officers roused him and said he appeared spaced out.

    In June 2007, Michael was given a two-year driving ban after pleading guilty to driving while unfit.

    On that occasion, he claimed he was tired and had been taking prescription drugs.

    The singer, who first found fame in 1980s pop group Wham!, has fought a long battle with drugs.



  1. MrG
    Oh George, sort yourself out mate, you're doing the cause for legalisation no good with your crazy shenanigans.

    Lay off the GHB, or at least confine it's use to when you're at home you daft sod.

    Failing that, get a fucking driver, it's not like you're short of a bob or two!
  2. Oxyman11:11
    sure, and so have more people in more reputable, professional, high profile positions than anyone truly can fathom. The truth would send wanksters into a coma.
  3. enquirewithin
    Michael Jailed for cannabis crash

    POP star George Michael was jailed for eight weeks today after he admitted crashing his Range Rover while under the influence of cannabis.
    The 47-year-old star, whose real name is Georgios Panayiotou, was found slumped at the wheel of his car after it ploughed into a branch of Snappy Snaps.[imgl=red]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=16767&stc=1&d=1284515160[/imgl]
    Cops who banged on the window to rouse him suspected he was under the influence of something after they found him "spaced out" and with no memory of what had happened.

    The Wham! star was found to be carrying two cannabis cigarettes and tests on a sample of his blood showed he had chemicals linked to the drug in his system.
    for the same offence, admitted driving while unfit through drugs and possessing two cannabis cigarettes when he appeared at London's Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court last month. He was jailed today when he appeared at the same court for sentencing.

    The singer sighed heavily as District Judge Perkins said he would serve four weeks in prison and spend the remainder on licence. Michael was also banned from driving for five years and ordered to pay a £1,250 fine, £100 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Michael's guilty plea and remorse allowed District Judge Perkins to reduce the sentence, he said, but not to offer the community sentence requested by the defence.

    Michael was arrested in Hampstead shortly before 4am on July 4 when two police officers found him apparently unconscious in his grey Range Rover. When told he had crashed into a shop, he added: "No I didn't. I didn't crash into anything."

    At Hampstead police station he failed a test to find whether he was fit to drive. The musician admitted smoking a "small quantity" of cannabis about 10pm the previous evening and said he also took the anti-depressant Amitriptyline to help him sleep.

    He told police he decided to drive between his homes in Highgate and Hampstead to meet a friend and forgot he had taken the sedative. District Judge Perkins said: "You drove your motor vehicle about a mile while suffering from a severe impairment as a result of mixing not only a prescription treatment with which you were unfamiliar but also with cannabis.

    "That's a dangerous and unpredictable mix and something which for you is dangerous given your record.

    "It does not appear that you took proper steps to deal with what is clearly an addiction to cannabis. "That's a mistake which puts you and, on this occasion, the public at risk."

    The district judge said he took into account that Michael had checked into a clinic after the crash to seek help for anxiety, depression and insomnia, which had led him to depend on prescription drugs and had noted he was dealing with bereavement issues.

    "I accept entirely that you have shown remorse for the offence, that you are ashamed of it, that you admitted it," he said, but added that "with regret" a jail term was inevitable because of Michael's previous conviction.

    Michael's long-term partner Kenny Goss threw his head into his hands in despair that point.

    Mukul Chawla QC, mitigating, said Michael personally repaid the cost of the damage to the shop owner and had asked that his "profound shame and horror of having repeated the conduct of 2006" was made clear to the court.

    "He acknowledges his actions of driving had the effect of causing other road users to be in danger and that stark fact is something about which he is greatly ashamed.[imgl=green]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=16768&stc=1&d=1284515160[/imgl]
    "The prospect he could have put anyone else in danger is an appalling prospect to him."

    He said Michael had tried to turn his life around.
    "For the first time in many years he has started writing again. His creativity, so long hampered by his drug dependence, is re-emerging."

    Mr Chawla said Michael had tried to come off prescription drugs without professional help earlier this year but symptoms returned so he sought medical help and was given Amitriptyline.

  4. enquirewithin
    Has the man never heard of taxis? I feel sorry for him, but it was really the prescription drugs that did the damage. I bet the Sun reporter wrote wham (poor joke) on the shop-- Murdoch and his mendacious minions.
  5. davestate
    George Michael released
    Singer, 47, leaves prison after serving half of eight-week sentence for crashing car while under the influence of cannabis.

    George Michael has been released from prison after serving half of an eight-week sentence for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis.
    Michael, 47, was freed from Highpoint prison, near Haverhill in Suffolk, according to the Press Association. The Prison Service refused to comment on individual prisoners.

    George Michael was found slumped at the wheel of his Range Rover after driving it into a shop in north London in July.

    The former Wham! star was jailed on 14 Septemberafter he admitted driving while unfit through drugs and possessing two cannabis cigarettes.
    He was found slumped at the wheel of his Range Rover after it smashed into a branch of photo store Snappy Snaps in north London in July. The singer, who had a previous conviction for the same offence, was told by District Judge John Perkins that there was no option but jail.
    Michael, whose real name is Georgios Panayiotou, was also fined £1,250 and banned from driving for five years.
    He started his sentence in Pentonville prison in north London, but was moved to the Category C facility in Suffolk.
    Michael admitted driving while unfit through drugs and possessing two cannabis cigarettes.

    Matthew Weaver
    Monday 11 October 2010 11.03 BST
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