Singer George Michael is to face an additional charge following last year's arrest on suspicion of being unfit to drive and for possession of a substance believed to be cannabis.

The former Wham! star was arrested on October 1st last year after police found him in a semi-conscious state in his Mercedes in north London.

He was cautioned for possessing cannabis and later charged with being unfit to drive through drugs.

At a hearing at Brent magistrates court in front of district judge Katherine Marshall today, prosecutor Andrew Torrington said the charge of being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drugs was also to be added.

The 43-year-old, whose real name is George Panayiotou, was not in court during today's hearing.

The charges relate to an incident last year when police were alerted after concerned members of the public reported a car causing an obstruction at traffic lights in Cricklewood.

Michael, who is famous for his solo hits Faith and Freedom among others, was this week named as the first singer to play a concert at the new Wembley Stadium in London.

The gig, taking place on June 9th, is part of Michael's British and European stadium tour and marks the end of a near seven-year project to the build the 90,000-capacity stadium, which has been marred by delays and spiralling costs.


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