George Michael Says Drug Arrest Was 'My Own Stupid Fault'
2/27/2006 6:57 PM PT
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
George Michael said his arrest for suspected drug possession in London this weekend was "my own stupid fault, as usual."
The 42-year-old pop singer was arrested Saturday after he was found slumped at the wheel of his car at Hyde Park Corner in central London.
He was bailed out and is to return to a police station next month.
"I was in possession of class C drugs which is an offense and I have no complaints about the police who were professional throughout," Michael -- who rose to fame as half of the 1980s pop duo Wham! -- said Monday in a statement.
Class C drugs, the lowest category of illegal drugs, include marijuana, anabolic steroids and some amphetamines.
"I have been through enough in 24 years of dealing with the media to know what I am in for from them this week," Michael's statement said. "Much of it will be inaccurate or simply untrue. I can handle that, it is my own stupid fault, as usual."
Michael was arrested in 1998 for lewd conduct at a public restroom in Beverly Hills, Calif. Soon after, he said publicly for the first time that he's gay.
Later, he released the single and video "Outside," which poked fun at his arrest.
In his statement, Michael promised: "I won't make a record out of this one -- even though it is tempting."