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'Zip Me Up Before You Go Go' Vice Cop Who Busted George Michael In L.A. Bathroom Still Haunted By 'Lewd' Act Arrest

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Jan. 12 2017, Published 10:13 a.m. ET

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The cop who busted George Michael for a "lewd" act in a Los Angeles public restroom is still haunted by the event nearly 20 years later, RadarOnline.com can reveal.

In a curious twist, the former LAPD officer, Marcelo Rodriguez, 48, now heads global security at Sony, the same company that owned the singer's old record label.

When approached by Radar, Rodriquez said: "Thank you, but I do not want to talk about this."

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But his ex-wife, Valerie Falduti, admitted the memory of the scandal is still vivid.

"To us it feels like it was just yesterday!" she said.

Rodriguez arrested the former Wham! icon in a public toilet at Beverly Hills' Will Rodgers Memorial Park in April 1998.

The late star, who was hit with 80 hours of community service, later used radio reports of his arrest for a mocking music video, called "Outside."

In the video he's dressed as a cop, clutching a baton, and dancing around a toilet decorated with flashing lights and disco balls.

Rodriguez, 48, unsuccessfully sued the singer for $10 million, claiming the video caused him emotional and mental distress.

The legendary singer died at age 53 on Christmas Day at his home in England.

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The cop who busted George Michael for a "lewd" act in a Los Angeles public restroom is still haunted by the event nearly 20 years later, RadarOnline.com can reveal.

The cop who arrested George Michael at an LA public toilet in 1998 is still haunted by the event, it can now be revealed.

//george michael lewd act arrest
Source: Coleman-Rayner

In a curious twist, the former LAPD officer, Marcelo Rodriguez, 48, now heads global security at Sony, the same company that owned the singer's old record label.

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The cop who arrested George Michael at an LA public toilet in 1998 is still haunted by the event, it can now be revealed.

//george michael lewd act arrest
Source: Coleman-Rayner

When approached by Radar, Rodriquez said: "Thank you, but I do not want to talk about this."

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The cop who arrested George Michael at an LA public toilet in 1998 is still haunted by the event, it can now be revealed.

//george michael lewd act arrest
Source: Coleman-Rayner

But his ex-wife, Valerie Falduti, admitted the memory of the scandal is still vivid.

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The cop who arrested George Michael at an LA public toilet in 1998 is still haunted by the event, it can now be revealed.

//george michael lewd act arrest
Source: Coleman-Rayner

"To us it feels like it was just yesterday!" she said.

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Rodriguez arrested the former Wham! icon in a public toilet at Beverly Hills' Will Rodgers Memorial Park in April 1998.

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The cop who arrested George Michael at an LA public toilet in 1998 is still haunted by the event, it can now be revealed.

//george michael lewd act arrest
Source: Coleman-Rayner

The late star, who was hit with 80 hours of community service, later used radio reports of his arrest for a mocking music video, called "Outside."

Article continues below advertisement

The cop who arrested George Michael at an LA public toilet in 1998 is still haunted by the event, it can now be revealed.

//george michael lewd act arrest
Source: Coleman-Rayner

In the video he's dressed as a cop, clutching a baton, and dancing around a toilet decorated with flashing lights and disco balls.

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George Michael Plays Earls Court

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Rodriguez, 48, unsuccessfully sued the singer for $10 million, claiming the video caused him emotional and mental distress. The legendary singer died at age 53 on Christmas Day at his home in England. We pay for juicy info! Do you have a story for RadarOnline.com? Email us at tips@radaronline.com, or call us at (866) ON-RADAR (667-2327) any time, day or night.

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