In a rare live broadcast from MTV's Times Square studios on Wednesday afternoon, pop singer George Michael sat down with our own John Norris and spoke candidly about his homosexuality and his recent sex scandal, which landed him on the front page of tabloids worldwide.
As we previously reported, Michael was arrested on April 6 in a Beverly Hills park for engaging in a sexual act with an undercover police officer. Norris asked Michael about why he would take such a risk in the first place, to which the singer explained why he never thought he was being roped in by a sting operation in the first place.
"What can I tell you," Michael said, "I was stupid, it was a stupid thing to do. But I've never been able to turn down a free meal. (Laughs) People have said things to me like, 'Surely you knew,' or 'How could you possibly have been so stupid?'"
"But I'm sorry," he continued, "the fact is there was absolutely no one else in the vicinity, whatever the police arrest report says, there was no one else in the vicinity. It was just me, well actually it was two undercover cops, only I couldn't see one of them, two undercover cops and a randy pop star, you know what I'm saying? So there was no one there. So if someone's waving their genitalia at you, you don't automatically assume they're an officer of the law." [28.8 RealVideo]
Michael says his greatest regret about the incident was the pain he caused his boyfriend, which outweighed any sort of personal embarrassment the arrest caused. In fact, Michael's new video, "Outside," which premiered on MTV during the live broadcast, parodies the incident.
Michael's new greatest hits collection, "Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael," is slated to be released next week.