No Jail For George Michael
As Hollywood socialite Paris Hilton awaits to hear if she will be sent back to jail, British pop star George Michael has learned he has dodged prison as judge sentenced the singer to 100 hours of community service.
The 43-year-old pop star was found slumped at the wheel of his car in north London after witnesses observed the vehicle weaving onto the wrong side of the road at about 5 miles to 10 miles an hour in the early hours of October 2.
On May 8, Michael pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while unfit through drugs. Appearing in Brent Magistrates' Court, he said he was ashamed that "[he] had done something really wrong in putting other people at risk."
As part of his sentence, Michael was ordered to pay costs of $4,622 and his driving license was suspended for two years.
Smiling as he emerged from court, George Michael told reporters: "Don't bother to ask any questions, because believe me I am not going to answer them."
"I would simply ask you to understand that the media coverage of this case has been farcical, concentrating almost entirely on the prosecution's allegations," he said, reading a prepared statement.
"In reality I have been sentenced today on the basis of unfit driving through tiredness and prescription medicines, which I fully accept responsibility for.
"I am glad to put this behind me and now I'm off to do the biggest show of my life."
Michael is about to star Saturday and Sunday nights in the first concert at the rebuilt Wembley stadium.