22 Sep 2008

George Michael cautioned for drugs by police

8:22 am on 22 September 2008

British pop star George Michael has been cautioned by police after being arrested in a public toilet in London in possession of drugs, say police.

"A 45-year-old man was arrested on 19 September on suspicion of possession of drugs in the Hampstead Heath area," a Metropolitan Police spokesman said on Saturday.

The singer was taken to a police station and given the caution for possessing class A and class C drugs, police said.

Michael apologised to his fans on Sunday ."I want to apologise to my fans for screwing up again, and to promise them I'll sort myself out. And to say sorry to everybody else, just for boring them," he said in a statement.

The 45-yerar-old singer has admitted using drugs in the past.

In 2006, he was found slumped over the wheel of his car and last year he was given a two-year driving ban after pleading guilty to driving while unfit through drugs.

Michael has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, with seven US number one singles, 11 number one singles in Britain and six number one albums.

Last month he wrapped up his first tour for 15 years with concerts in London and Copenhagen and said they were his last arena and stadium shows.

On the tour, he wore a police uniform to perform his number one hit Outside in a joking reference to previous arrests.

The song itself referred to his arrest in 1998 when he was detained by an undercover police officer for lewd conduct in a public toilet in Beverly Hills, California.

Earlier this year, the singer signed a multimillion-pound deal with publisher HarperCollins to write his autobiography, which he said would be a "no-holds barred" account of his life.