Freedom: George Michael Released From Jail

Serves half of an eight-week sentence for pot fueled crash

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Singer George Michael is out of a British jail after serving 27 days for crashing his car while high on pot.

The onetime Wham! frontman was released Monday after completing half of an eight-week sentence following his Sept. 14 guilty plea to driving under the influence and possession of cannabis. On July 4, he crashed his Range Rover into a photo shop in London. Michael, 47, whose real name is Georgios Panayiotou, climbed out of his auto and waited for cops after the 3:30 am incident, according to the Daily Mail.

While serving time, Michael issued a statement saying he was receiving "no special treatment of any kind."

 It was just the latest in a string of scrapes for Michael, one of music's biggest stars in the 1980s. In 2007, he was arrested in London after drivers complained he was blocking the road. He pleaded guilty to driving while while under the influence of drugs and was banned from driving for two years and sentenced to community service.

At the time, he told the BBC that he smoked too much pot. Absolutely I would like to take less, no question," he said. "To that degree, it's a problem."

But he added, "I'm a happy man and I can afford my marijuana so that's not a problem."

Last year, he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence when his Land Rover hit a truck. Back in 1998, he was arrested by LA cops in a park restroom and later pleaded no contest to engaging in a lewd act.

The Grammy award winner has sold an estimated 100 million albums as a solo artist, churning out such hits as "Careless Whisper" and "Faith."

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