Eight-week jail sentence for George Michael

Singer arrested for DUI, pot possession in July

LONDON -- Pop star George Michael has been jailed for eight weeks by a court in London, after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of cannabis. Michael was arrested in July in the up-market London residential village of Hampstead after driving his Range Rover SUV into the window of a Snappy Snaps photo store. He was immediately handed a six-month driving ban but has been awaiting final sentencing.

At the hearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in London, Michael was told that he will have to spend four weeks in jail and the rest of the time on license -- a series of special conditions which include regularly reporting in to the authorities. He now faces a five-year driving ban and has been ordered to pay a 1,250 pound ($1,930) fine.

District Judge John Perkins said he had taken a "dangerous and unpredictable mix" of prescription drugs and cannabis. "It does not appear that you took proper steps to deal with what is clearly an addiction to cannabis," Perkins told the star, according to court reports. "That's a mistake which puts you and, on this occasion, the public at risk."

The front man of '80s pop band Wham! has been in the public eye for the past three decades, beginning in his early twenties as a teen heartthrob and later embarking on a successful solo career combining critical and commercial success with such hits as "I Want Your Sex" and the duet "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me," which he sang with Elton John. But in the past decade he has been no stranger to brushes with the law, and has faced a number of cannabis-related cautions, serving 100 hours of community service in Britain in 2007. The singer had previously been arrested on vice charges in Los Angeles on 1998. Reps for Michael could not be reached for comment.
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