George Michael Going to the Slammer for Eight Weeks

Celebrity News Sep. 14, 2010 AT 2:24PM
George Michael Going to the Slammer for Eight Weeks Credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

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George Michael has been sentenced to eight weeks in a British jail for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana after he drove his Range Rover through the storefront of a photo shop in London on July 4, the Associated Press reports.

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District Judge John Perkins told the singer, who has had a history of mixing drugs and driving, that "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."

Police allegedly found Michael "spaced out" behind the wheel of his car after the collision. He admitted that he had smoked marijuana and had taken a sedative. He pleaded guilty to the charge soon after the accident.

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On two different occasions in 2006, the singer was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car, and also in that year, he hit three other cars as he was trying to leave a parking space.

He's admitted being a "terrible driver." The judge apparently agreed and revoked his driver's license for five years and slapped him with a $1,930 fine.

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