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George Michael in court on driving charge

By the CNN Wire Staff
George Michael performs at a concert in Australia earlier this year.
George Michael performs at a concert in Australia earlier this year.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Michael appears in London court after allegedly crashing his car last month
  • Charged with possession of cannabis and being unfit to drive through drugs
  • Accident allegedly happened at north London photo shop
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London, England (CNN) -- Singer George Michael appeared in a London court Tuesday following allegations he crashed his car into a north London shop.

Michael was charged earlier this month with possession of cannabis and driving while unfit through drink or drugs, London's Metropolitan Police Service said. He was released on bail pending Tuesday's court appearance.

Michael, whose real name is Georgios Panayiotou, was widely reported to have been involved in an accident in the early hours of July 4, in which he allegedly crashed his car into the front of a Snappy Snaps photo shop.

Damage from the accident is still visible on the shop's facade, where someone has since scrawled "Wham," a reference to Michael's early-'80s pop group.