On 11th Oct 2010, George Michael was released from Highpoint Prison in Suffolk, England after serving four of an eight week sentence for driving under the influence of drugs. The singer had been arrested after crashing his car into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, North London in July of this year.
In 2006, George was accused of engaging in anonymous public sex, after being photographed in London’s Hampstead Heath with a 58-year-old unemployed van driver. Despite stating that he intended to sue both the News of the World tabloid who photographed the incident and van driver Norman Kirtland for slander, Michael stated that he openly cruised for anonymous sex and that this was not an issue in his relationship with partner Kenny Goss.
Being unceremoniously outed as a gay man when he was caught indulging in “lewd conduct” in a Beverley Hills toilet gave George Michael’s career a new lease of life and the singer a new phase in his life. George said of the incident which happened in 2002, “I was followed into the restroom and this cop – well, I didn’t know he was a cop at the time obviously – started playing this game. I think it’s called ‘I’ll show you mine, you show me yours, and then when you show me yours, I’m gonna nick you!”
His humorous video for “Outside” reconstructed the whole unfortunate toilet situation, mocking the police. It was later reported that George was being sued for $10m by the policeman who made the arrest. Marcelo Rodriguez claimed being mocked in the video left him in physical distress. Poor thing.
Georgios Panayiotou became a gaylebrity and ever since then its been (toilet) sex and drugs and rock & roll, (well more sex and drugs than rock & roll).
After the toilet incident, everything went back to normal for George. He would go round to Elton John’s house most Saturdays, knock out a few tunes on the piano and drink tea. He also made a couple of albums, toured the world and had a load of hits.
Then he hit the headlines again for all the wrong reasons.
Another couple of months passed until again we found George staring at us from the front pages of the Redtops -after being found slumped over his car in Hyde Park, London. A concerned person spotted the singer and called police who after being checked by paramedics was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs.
Then he was involved in his second minor car crash in a month after a tabloid photographer found Michael asleep in his parked car in central London. The singer crashed into a bollard after he woke up and was driving away.
I’m beginning to wonder if George ever passed his driving test? Has anyone checked?
In 2009, Michael was arrested and held on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs after his Land Rover was in collision with a lorry on the A34 in Berkshire. The singer was later released without charge.
My favorite one is from last year when George was arrested after he crashed his car into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, North London. The singer was returning home from a Gay Pride parade when the incident was spotted on CCTV. He was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive and charged with possession of cannabis and with driving while unfit.
Apparently, the following morning the shop owner placed a big sign in the window saying “George Michael Crashed Here”. That has to be good for business.
Having been every girl’s dream with Wham, then metamorphasising into the biggest UK solo artist of the 90’s – Michael’s conduct has confirmed him as a star not afraid of courting controversy. And why not. He’s not doing any harm, so he likes to creep around in bushes and pick up a bit of rough. He likes his jazz cigarettes. He’s also written some amazing songs, is a brilliant performer and has given away millions of his fortune to people who are far less fortunate than him.
One bit of advice George. When you do go out on your lonesome looking for a bit of fun, take a taxi, (or the bus).
Or even better still, employ a driver.
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