One interesting thing about yesterday’s Parkinson show is that George Michael offered a compelling explanation for the driving problem he had that led to his arrest and subsequent charge for “being unfit to drive through drugs”.
What George actually said was that he had a dependency on a prescribed drug, and that that drug had the unpleasant side-effect of causing constant insomnia; and that had been going on for years, since his mother died. He said he had found it difficult to give that drug up. The combination of working so hard during his tour, and the insomnia, led to George feeling incredibly tired. For legal reasons, he was not able to talk about what that drug(s) is (he has clearly told the court). It seems likely that it is an antidepressant – many antidepressants affect sleep patterns in a serious way. Insomnia is a common side affect of many of these type of drugs.
What George said was that the cause of the driving problem was being tired because of insomnia and his huge workload; this combination caused him to be exhausted. Thus, he feels he is not guilty because the problem of being so tired was not caused directly by the drug. The drug itself did not affect George’s ability to drive.
I think both the court and the US Embassy may find this explanation compelling; and that there should be little chance that the US will decide to refuse George a visa to work in the United States.
I can also see why George wanted to plead “not guilty”. If it was me in these circumstances, I would have strongly felt that pleading “not guilty” was the correct plea, because the drug did not cause the driving problem directly. It seems that George’s legal team has told him that he could plead “guilty” while still not admitting that the charge was correct. Of course, George should not have got in his car while feeling so tired – he probably was unfit to drive. However, the charge was “unfit to drive through drugs” which, it seems, was not the case.