The newspaper reported that police officers — responding to a tip from a lavatory attendant — caught Michael, 45, using a “small amount” of crack cocaine and marijuana in a public restroom. He was taken to a North London police station where he received a cautionary warning and was released after he accepted responsibility for carrying the drugs.
“The caution was [issued] for the possession of Class A and Class C drugs, cocaine and cannabis,” a spokesperson for Scotland Yard told the Telegraph. “He was released and no further action will be taken.”
The arrest was just the latest in a string of drug (and public restroom)-related incidents involving the singer. In 1998, he was famously arrested outside the men’s room at the Will Rogers Memorial Park in Beverly Hills, California, and charged with “engaging in a lewd act.” He pleaded no contest to the charge, and performed 80 hours of community service. In February 2006, he was arrested in London and charged with possession of Class C drugs, after police found him slumped over in a car. In May of that same year, he was again found passed out in a vehicle, and when he was awoken by a member of the public, he drove off, hitting a traffic divider. In October of 2006, he was found unconscious in his Mercedes-Benz, taken to the hospital and then charged with possession of marijuana. The following May, he pled guilty to driving while unfit through drugs, and was banned from driving for two years.
Michael admitted last year that he was addicted to prescription drugs, blaming his behavior on a “self-destructive” impulse brought on by the death of his mother a decade ago.
Attempts to reach Michael’s label, Epic, for comment were unsuccessful at press time.