15 September 2010
George Michael -- Jailed...
It is expected that Michaels will do four weeks and then be released on special conditions. Michaels was sentenced at the Highbury Magistrates Court in North London for a car crash on 4 July 2010. At the time of the crash, Michaels was under the influence of cannabis.
Judge John Perkins told Michaels that he had no choice but to send him to jail as this was a culmination of too many drug and driving offenses. Perkins noted that Michaels' addiction was no longer merely a danger to himself, but that it was now very clearly a danger to the public.
This goes to show, once, again, that celebrities are no different to the rest of us; they have demons, they have addictions,they have problems that they have to stare down each day. Some days are good days, and some days are not so good. That is life. But more than anything else, this case highlights that sooner or later your demons take over and the law will catch up with you and you will be punished.
Prison is no summer camp. Irrespective of whether Michaels is separated from the general prison population and enjoys the comforts of an individual cell, there is no doubting that his freedom will be curtailed. He simply will not be able to come and go as he pleases or do whatever he wants. This, let me assure you, plays with one's mind. It affects different people in different ways.
In addition to the jail time, Michaels has been banned from driving for five years and fined about 2000 dollars.
Hopefully, this incident was the wake-up call that Michaels needs.
Good luck George!