George Michael Released From Prison

Saying he wants “to start again,” George Michael was released from Highpoint Prison in Suffolk today after doing four weeks in the big house a pot bust.

Michael’s latest toxic adventure began July 4 when the singer crashed his Land Rover into a Snappy Snaps photo store in North London. Found slumped over the wheel, Michael was arrested and eventually pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of drugs and possession of cannabis. He was sentenced to eight weeks in jail, fined £1,250 ($1,930) and banned from driving for five years.  Michael began serving his sentence in Pentonville Prison and was later transferred to Highpoint Prison.

Released Oct. 11 after serving half of his sentence, Michael told reporters it felt “fantastic” to be free on “a beautiful day,” according to the BBC.

“I just want to say thank you for everybody who has supported me in there,” Michael said.

The Beeb also reports Michael issued a statement while serving his sentence saying he did not receive any “special treatment of any kind.”

Michael also told reporters he was through running from the press.

“I’m coming out here on my own so that you’ll realize I just want to start again,” Michael said, adding the reports would “see him about.”

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George Michael outside his house in Highgate, London, after being released from prison.

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