Jailed George Michael Abandons Bail Bid

Friday, 17 Sep 2010 08:27 AM


LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Jailed British singer George Michael has abandoned an application for bail, the Press Association reported on Friday.

The 47-year-old was sentenced to eight weeks in prison this week for crashing his car while high on cannabis, and lawyers acting on his behalf had planned to ask for bail for the singer in an apparent bid to appeal against his sentence.

"The bail application has been abandoned," said a spokeswoman for Blackfriars Crown Court in London, where Michael had been listed to appear via video link from Pentonville Prison. His lawyer declined to comment on the decision.

Michael, who became famous as part of the band Wham! before launching a successful solo career, was banned from driving for two years in 2007 and sentenced to 100 hours of community service after admitting driving when unfit due to drugs.

In 2008, Michael apologized to fans after being arrested and cautioned by police for possession of drugs and promised to "sort himself out."

The Grammy award winner has sold an estimated 100 million albums as a solo artist, winning a global fan base with hits like "Careless Whisper" and "Faith." (Writing by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)

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