Suit Against George Michael Dismissed

Judge throws out police officer's $10 million emotional distress lawsuit.

A judge has dismissed a $10 million claim by the undercover police officer who arrested singer George Michael on charges of engaging in lewd conduct in a park restroom in 1998, Reuters reported. Marcelo Rodriguez sued the British pop star on grounds of emotional distress, alleging that Michael profited by mocking his arrest in a video for the song "Outside" and that the singer claimed in interviews that Rodriguez had set him up by pretending to be a gay man wanting sex. The "Outside" clip, which Michael released shortly after his arrest, featured footage shot in a restroom and included scenes of policemen kissing. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismissed the case Monday, saying Rodriguez could not claim damages for alleged emotional distress because he is a public official, the Reuters report said.