LONDON – George Michael (Georgios Panayiotou) pleaded guilty today in a London court to two drug offenses.
Michael was charged earlier this month with possession of cannabis and driving while unfit through drink or drugs, London’s Metropolitan Police Service said. He was released on bail pending Today’s court appearance.
He was taken to Hampstead police station where he was found to be carrying cannabis cigarettes. A blood sample was taken and chemicals linked to cannabis were found in his system. He had not been drinking alcohol.
Today Miclael admitted to driving under the influence of drugs and possession of cannabis. Highbury Corner magistrates court heard how a police patrol found him slumped at the wheel of his car, with the engine still running, in the early hours of July 4, when roused by police he attempted to put the car back in gear.
Police suspected Michael had taken drugs as he appeared spaced out, had dilated pupils, and was sweating profusely.
In 2007 Michael was found guilty of unfit driving through tiredness and prescription medication and received a two-year driving ban.
District Judge Robin McPhee handed Michael an interim six month driving ban and said the star will be sentenced at a later date after the court considers the 2007 community order and the impact of a prescription sedative may have had on Michael’s behaviour.