George Michael pleads not guilty

Tony Grew January 10, 2007
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Pop icon George Michael’s lawyer has entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of being unfit to drive at Brent Magistrates Court in north west London.

The singer, who recently completed a sell-out European tour, was not in court. A further hearing has been set for 7th March.

The charge arises from an incident last October.

Members of the public called the police in the early hours of October 1st to deal with a Mercedes Benz S-Class car which was obstructing traffic.

George Michael was found at the wheel. He was allegedly semi-conscious. Police officers took him to hospital and then arrested for suspected possession of drugs.

He was later cautioned for possessing cannabis. The police decided to press charges of being unfit to drive last month.

2006 was a bad year for the former Wham! front man, who came out of the closet in 1998 after being arrested in Los Angeles for cottaging.

In February Michael was arrested for possession of cannabis, in May he was discovered slumped over the wheel of his Range Rover and in July the tabloids went into a frenzy when he was discovered cruising for sex on Hampstead Heath.

However, recently the former Wham! front man was reportedly paid £1.5m by a Russian billionaire to perform a one hour set at a New Years Eve party in Moscow.

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