On Thursday, pop singer George Michael won an extension, until Dec.
21, to fulfill his sentence of 80 hours of community service, which
resulted from his May conviction for committing a lewd act in a Beverly
Hills park restroom, according to Ellen Aragon, deputy district attorney
for Beverly Hills Municipal Court. Appearing in court five days before his
client's deadline, attorney Ira Reiner asked Judge Charles Rubin for an
extension until February, claiming that Michael needed more time to perform
his court-ordered service. Rubin did not grant the full extension because,
he said, he felt Michael had had enough time to fulfill the service
requirement. He noted that the singer had made time to shoot a video (for
the song "Outside") referring to his arrest. Aragon offered to show a copy
of the video, which she had in the courtroom at the time, to the judge.
Rubin declined to view the video.