For his third arrest on a drug charge in four years – and his second involving impaired driving – British singer [lastfm]George Michael[/lastfm] was sentenced to eight weeks in prison. But his first time behind bars might be the low point he needed to hit to get scared straight, based on his reaction to incarceration.
According to his cellmate Richard Hayes, Michael “kept repeating, ‘I can’t believe this has happened to me,”‘upon being jailed after his conviction for driving under the influence of drugs. “I told him to come and sit down, asked him what happened and he just put his head in his hands. … He was crying his eyes out, he was sobbing. He was like a little boy.”
Michael’s lawyers said after the sentencing, “Mr. Michael has asked his lawyers to express his profound shame and horror. The shame and horror arises from the fact he recognised his actions had the effect of causing other road users to be in danger. … That stark fact is something of which he is greatly ashamed. He spent the evening watching TV. He can’t say precisely when, but he smoked cannabis. He has been a smoker of cannabis for many years.”
Michael is expected to serve half of the eight week sentence, before regaining his…
[lastfm]Andrew Ridgeley[/lastfm] could not be reached for comment.