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Friday 15 December 2017

I'm not getting special treatment in jail - George

Jailed pop star George Michael insisted he has received "no special treatment of any kind" during his time behind bars.

The former Wham! star was handed an eight-week prison sentence last month after he crashed his Range Rover while high on cannabis.

The 47-year-old singer, whose real name is Georgios Panayiotou, said he felt compelled to dismiss "the usual rubbish" which had been reported while he was behind bars.

In a statement released last night, he said he had been "treated with kindness".

"Much as I would prefer to rise above the usual rubbish that I'm reading day after day about my time here in prison, I think it's only fair to my fans, family and friends to respond in some way even though I will be home soon," he said.

"So please believe me when I tell you that in the last three weeks, there have been no tears, no anxiety, no bullying -- in fact, not so much as a sleepless night for me. On the contrary, I've been treated with kindness by fellow inmates and prison staff alike and, as far as I can tell, have received no special treatment of any kind whatsoever, unless, of course, some of the guys here are letting me win at the pool table.

"Most of my days have been spent reading thousands of letters and post cards of incredible support from people around the world. I promise to repay their kindness with new music as soon as I can."

In an apparent message to his fans, the singer signed off the statement by saying: "With love, as always, George Michael."

Michael found himself before the court after he was discovered slumped at the wheel of his car after it ploughed into a branch of Snappy Snaps in north London in July.

He was sentenced to serve four weeks in prison and spend the remainder on licence. He was also banned from driving for five years and ordered to pay a £1,250 fine, £100 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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