George Michael was arrested at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in a men’s room at Will Rogers Memorial Park in Beverly Hills, California and charged with “engaging in a lewd act.”
The California Penal Code defines that as soliciting anyone to engage in lewd or dissolute conduct, or engaging in such conduct oneself.
The code is vague about exactly what constitutes conduct that is “lewd or dissolute.” The police will say only that nobody was solicited by Michael.
The singer was booked under his real name, Georgios Panayiotou, and released on $500 bail.
Michael has a May 5 date in Beverly Hills Municipal Court. His U.K.-based manager has had no comment on the arrest, which could lead to six months in jail, and/or a $1,000 fine.
Michael has been working on new songs for a greatest hits album. He formed the British pop duo Wham! with guitarist Andrew Ridgeley in 1982. The duo 1984 single “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” topped British and American charts in 1984, as
did their ballad “Careless Whisper.” The band split in 1986.
Michael emerged as a solo artist with “Faith” in 1987, spawning the hits “Faith,” “Father Figure,” “Monkey,” and selling 10 million copies along the way.