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George Michael in courtWith a careless whisper, George Michael pleaded guilty Tuesday in London to drug offenses. He now has a suspended driver's license and could face a prison sentence, a judge told him. Ha. Some father figure. (Okay, that's enough with the song puns.)

"In a 15-minute appearance at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, Michael admitted driving under the influence of drugs and possession of cannabis following the July 4 crash, where police say they found him 'spaced out' and with dilated pupils," the AP reports.

"It is a serious matter. Your driving was extremely poor and there was an accident," Judge Robin McPhee said, adding that Michael has already had one conviction.

Three years ago, the pop singer was found slumped over the wheel of his car, which was blocking an intersection. Michael, 47, spoke only to enter his pleas and confirm his identity. Police said they found the star in his car after it crashed into a Snappy Snaps photo shop in north London, near his home, in the wee hours of July 4. The car's engine was still running when police arrived but Michael had to be roused, police said. They described Michael as appearing to be "spaced out," sweating profusely and having dilated pupils.

According to the AP, Michael pleaded guilty to driving while unfit. Tests showed he had taken a therapeutic quantity of an antidepressant as well as gamma-hydroxybutyrate, a so-called "date-rape drug" because it leaves people groggy and powerless.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 9:41am]


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