PHOTOS & VIDEO: George Michael Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

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Aug. 24 2010, Published 9:10 a.m. ET

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George Michael has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of drugs and possessing marijuana, has learned.

The Father Figure singer, 47, enter the plea during an appearance at the Highbury Corner Magistrates Court in London on Tuesday.

Michael - whose real name is Georgios Panayiotou - has been banned from driving for six months, and will return next month for sentencing. At Tuesday's hearing, the judge told him this was "a serious matter", and that he could go to prison.

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The plea stems from an incident in the early morning of July 4, in which George crashed his Range Rover into a photographic shop in Hampstead, north London. A police patrol found him slumped at the wheel, and was he arrested at the scene.

Michael -- who shot to international fame in the 1980s as a member of the duo WHAM! with Andrew Ridgeley -- has had numerous run-ins with the law for both driving under the influence and for drugs, but his most infamous arrest came in 1998 in Beverly Hills when he was busted for sex from an undercover police officer in a public restroom.

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