George Michael Completes Court-Ordered Community Service

British pop singer fulfills 80-hour sentence for May lewd-conduct conviction, but he remains on probation.

LOS ANGELES -- British pop singer George Michael has fulfilled all 80 hours of

the court-ordered community service stemming from his May conviction for lewd conduct

in a Beverly Hills, Calif., park restroom, a spokesperson at Beverly Hills Municipal Court

said Friday (Dec. 18).

District Attorney Kathy Solorzano had not yet received written proof of Michael's service

Friday afternoon. But she said she had received word from the court that a document had

been submitted.

"If he has finished all 80 hours, there is nothing left for him to do in terms of satisfying any

term of the sentence," Solorzano said. "But he's still on the hook in terms of his behavior.

He still has to follow the law for the remainder of his probation ... or he could get

additional time."

At the time he pleaded no contest to lewd conduct on May 14, Michael also was fined

$910, ordered to undergo counseling, restricted from the park where he was arrested

and put on probation for two years.

Michael was required to submit proof of his service to the court Monday (Dec. 21).

Last month, Michael told reporters the court ordered him to fulfill his obligation by

contacting schools and other children's centers and encouraging young people to do

charity work in their spare time. The singer previously announced that he would serve

his time through the Los Angeles AIDS charity, Project Angel Food.

Information about what Michael actually did to fulfill his community service was not

available at press time.

Michael, known for such hits as "I Want Your Sex" (RealAudio

excerpt), originally was given a deadline of Nov. 10 to fulfill his community service.

However, his attorney, Ira Reiner, requested last month that Michael have an extension

until February. Beverly Hills Municipal Judge Charles Rubin only granted one until

Monday.

Reiner claimed his client needed more time, because Michael's initial plans to work

through the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center had received too much media attention,

complicating Michael's plans to serve his obligation there.

That same week, Michael announced on MTV that he planned to work with Project Angel

Food. Rubin subsequently ordered that Michael could not serve his time through the

organization, based on the advice of the Volunteer Center of Los Angeles, which

handles the registration of court-ordered community service.

Beverly Hills District Attorney Ellen Aragon, who had viewed documents exchanged

between Rubin and the Volunteer Center, speculated that the reason for the restriction

had to do with the Volunteer Center's suspicion that Michael -- who has supported

Project Angel Food for several years -- might get away with doing less than his

mandated 80 hours.

Michael subsequently claimed that Rubin made the decision in reaction to the singer's

recent video mocking the arrest.

Additionally, Michael has claimed that the undercover officer involved in his arrest

committed entrapment by luring the singer into exposing himself.

"For him to continue to say that he was entrapped is ridiculous, because he had

counsel," Solorzano said, adding that the legal definition of entrapment was not in sync

with what Michael suggested it was. "Why would he plea if he knew that he was

entrapped?"

The 35-year-old singer -- who first achieved public recognition in the early '80s as half of

the pop-duo Wham! -- released a greatest-hits album, Ladies and Gentlemen: The

Best of George Michael, last month. The singer's import-only duet with R&B

songstress Mary J. Blige on the Stevie Wonder song "As" is currently receiving airplay in

some major U.S. markets, despite the fact that Blige's label did not license its release in

the United States.