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Tuesday, 22 December, 1998, 15:17 GMT
George ends community service
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Pop superstar George Michael has completed the 80 hours of community service he was given as part of his punishment for "lewd conduct" in an LA park, it has emerged.

The 34-year-old's attorney, Brad Barnholtz, gave a progress report to Judge Charles Rubin in California.

The judge was handed proof that Michael completed his community service at a youth centre and paid $910 (570) in fines. The former Wham! star also participated in five, one-hour counselling sessions.

Undercover operation

Michael was arrested in April this year by an undercover police officer in a restroom at Will Rogers Park, across from the Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard.

The singer was placed on two years' probation and was told that any future lewd acts would land him in jail.

'Collaboration' with police

He has also been ordered stay out of the park for the duration of his probation, which has about 17 more months to run.

In an interview with the BBC earlier this month, the star spoke of his suspicion that his arrest had been a set-up.

Speaking to Michael Parkinson, he said: "I think it's fairly likely there was a little more collaboration between the paparazzi and police than is necessary or legal.

"There was no-one in the vicinity, but two undercover cops and a slightly randy pop star."

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