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Report: George Michael arrested for drugs

Police source says singer was slumped over steering wheel
/ Source: Reuters

British singer George Michael was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of possessing drugs after he was found slumped in a car in central London, a police source said.

Michael, 42, who has sold more than 80 million records worldwide during a 25-year career, was arrested in the Hyde Park area of the capital early on Sunday, the source said.

A London police spokesman would not confirm Michael had been arrested. He issued a statement saying a 42-year-old man had been held on suspicion of possessing Class C drugs, a group in British law which includes cannabis, tranquilizers and some painkillers.

“We were called by a member of the public to a man seen slumped over the steering wheel of a car,” the statement said. “He was arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled substances.”

He was bailed to return to a police station in late March pending a police investigation.

Michael’s manager and publicist could not be reached for comment.

Under British law, anyone convicted of possessing Class C drugs can be jailed for up to two years and face an unlimited fine, according to the Interior Ministry’s Web site.

The singer had a string of hits in the 1980s with the band Wham! before forging a successful solo career with albums such as “Faith” and “Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1.”