George Michael charged with drug possession, drunk driving

Updated: Aug 12, 2010, 20:16 PM IST

London: Pop star George Michael has been charged with possession of cannabis.

The `Careless Whispers` hitmaker is also facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or durgs, the Telegraph reported quoting Scotland Yard.

The 47-year-old singer, whose real name is Georgios Panayiotou, was arrested in July this year after he crashed his car into a branch of Snappy Snaps, the photographic shop, in Hampstead, north London.

Michael, who lives in Highgate, was on police bail following the crash. The singer, who ruled the charts in the 90s with hits like `Wham!` and `Father figure`, has a history of drugs abuse.

He was charged when he reported to a police station in Camden, north London, today. In a statement Scotland Yard said: "He was released on police bail to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates` Court on August 24."

PTI