The pop singer gets community service and a two-year ban from driving

By Tim Nudd
Updated June 08, 2007 09:50 AM

George Michael will not serve any jail time after pleading guilty last month to driving while under the influence of drugs.

At his sentencing in England on Friday, Michael, 43, was banned from driving for two years and must perform 100 hours of community service, Reuters reports.

Outside the courthouse, he told reporters: “The media coverage of this case has been farcical, concentrating almost entirely on the prosecution’s allegations. In reality I have been sentenced today on the basis of unfit driving through tiredness and prescription medicines, which I fully accept responsibility for.”

He added: “I am glad to put this behind me and I am now off to do the biggest show of my life.”

Michael is set to play the first concerts at the newly rebuilt Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday and Sunday.

The former Wham! singer was arrested on Oct. 1 in north London after other drivers reported seeing someone slumped over the wheel of a Mercedes at a traffic light. He spent a short time in the hospital and was then charged.

He pleaded guilty on May 8 to driving while under the influence of drugs, and had faced up to six months in jail.

Prosecutors in the case told the court that Michael’s system contained a drug cocktail at the time of his arrest.