Cops caution gay star George Michael over drugs
SEEDY: Where he was caught
By James Desborough & Lucy Panton, 21/09/2008
HE'S at it again-troubled pop idol George Michael has been NABBED by cops in a public toilet . . . this time with CRACK COCAINE and CANNABIS on him, we can reveal.
The multi-millionaire singer was arrested after a tip-off from a suspicious lavatory attendant as he lurked in underground loos near London's Hampstead Heath on Friday afternoon.
Former Wham heart-throb George, 45, was taken to a police station where he admitted possession of Class A and C drugs and accepted a caution.
Last month he played a series of farewell concerts saying he wanted a "quieter life" and declaring: "I'm an old man, I really need to sit down."
But off stage he seems as busy as ever with his sordid pursuits.
His shock arrest near his favourite gay haunt comes after the News of the World caught him trawling the notorious north London heath for sex. George's first toilet shame was in Los Angeles in 1998 when he flashed at a cop. But over the last decade his behaviour has become even more worryingly erratic. He's been found slumped at the wheel of his car, caught driving under the influence of drugs and smoked marijuana on TV.
Revealing his latest disgrace, a source told us: "George was hanging around the toilets near the heath for quite a while. A lot of people became suspicious.
"He is a very well known face and eventually his odd behaviour caused a toilet attendant to call the police.
"When the officers arrived Michael was still in the loos. They searched him and found he had drugs on him. He was quickly carted off to the police station."
The toilets where George was caught are just a few miles from his luxury £5 million Highgate mansion. Situated at the bottom end of Hampstead Heath, the notorious loos are close to a seating area of the heath popular with families.
They are well known as a place where men go cottaging for gay sex. Inside is a "No Loitering" sign.
A spokesman for Scotland Yard told us: "A 45-year-old male was arrested in the Hampstead Heath area on September 19 on suspicion of the possession of drugs.
"He was taken to a north London police station where he was interviewed and received a caution for possession of Class A and Class C drugs."
Cops decided not to refer the matter to the Crown Prosecution Service for possible further action, saying George had showed 'remorse'.
Instead, they cautioned him. "He has been released and there will be no further action," said the spokesman.
But there has been far too much action of the scandalous sort in the superstar's life.
His shock arrest comes two years after the News of the World caught him trawling for illegal gay sex thrills in the same London park. He was seen by our reporters emerging from bushes on the heath after cavorting with another man.
When challenged George was wild-eyed and trembling. Trying to hide his face under a baseball cap, he screamed: "I don't believe it! F*** off! If you put those pictures in the paper I'll sue!"
His descent into shame began when he exposed himself in front of an undercover cop in a Beverly Hills park loo.
He was fined £450 by a Los Angeles court and ordered to do 80 hours' community service.
But in recent years drugs have plagued his life. He pleaded guilty to being unfit to drive last year after he was found slumped at the wheel of his car in north London.
Tests showed anti-depressants, cannabis and illegal dance drug GHB in his blood.
George-who has amassed a £70 million fortune from sales of records including I Want Your Sex and Careless Whisper-confessed he was battling an addiction to prescription drugs during an interview with Michael Parkinson last year.
The star told viewers he thought smoking dope was fine-but said he regretted being filmed using the drug for The South Bank Show.
At his last concert at Earls Court in London last month he announced to journalists that there would be no more stadium tours.
He said: "It's been an amazing ride but there seemed to be too many moments when the compromises seemed too huge."
Last night it was unclear whether George was at his Highgate home. His long-term partner Kenny Goss was dropped off at the black gates by a chauffeur-driven black BMW.
He stayed at the house for about 15 minutes before he was picked up by a woman driving a silver Mercedes.
When asked how the superstar was, Kenny replied: "I've got no comment to make."