"I want to apologize to my fans for screwing up again, and to promise them I'll sort myself out. And to say sorry to everybody else, just for boring them," the Daily Express quoted him as saying in the statement. The singer had been arrested on September 19 from an underground public lavatory near Hampstead Heath, after locals, who became suspicious of his movements, informed the cops.
[an error occurred while processing this directive] Meanwhile, drugs campaigners have criticized the police for issuing just a caution to the former Wham! frontman, after he was caught with crack cocaine and cannabis. The police decision has come as a surprise, especially since it came just three months after Met commissioner Sir Ian Blair called for all celebrities caught with drugs to be put on trial.
According to Mary Brett, the UK spokeswoman for Europe Against Drugs, which campaigns for more drugs education in schools, the release of the singer shows partiality. "This decision makes it look like there is one law for the rich and famous and one law for everyone else," Brett said.
"It sends out a terrible message. In these high-profile cases, the law should be seen to be enforced. "They are never going to get to grips with the drugs problem here if kids see people like George Michael getting away with using these dangerous drugs," she added.
Police have on the other hand claimed that the 'circumstances and context of the arrest meant officers thought the best way to proceed with this case was to issue a caution'.