June 07, 1999 12:00 AM

Pop star George Michael, who has long been wary of the media, is talking to the press about his arrest last spring on lewd conduct charges. “If I’m going to be remembered in America as the guy that got caught playing with himself in the toilet, then I want people to know my take on it,” Michael tells USA Today. Michael, 35, doesn’t deny his behavior but says police entrapped him with a “very cute” undercover cop who lured him into a public bathroom. Michael says eight policemen attacked him like a “SWAT team.” Michael also thinks authorities punished him because they wanted to show they could be tough on celebrities. “I was a convenient celebrity to slap on the wrist,” he says. Michael pleaded no contest, paid an $810 fine and agreed to 80 hours of community service.

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