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    George Michael Detoxed After Crash, Remains in Counseling

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    George Michael went-went to rehab without waking up the media.

    Only today, in an open letter to fans on his website, did the substance-abusing singer reveal that he checked into a treatment facility—his first time doing so—immediately after his car's latest run-in with an immovable object.

    "I want to thank you all sincerely, and also to reassure those of you who worry so much for me," the British hitmaker wrote. "I fully appreciate the seriousness of my current situation, for which I truly apologize.

    "I feel you should know that on the day after the incident I checked in to a clinic for a 14-day detox program here in London, which has been followed by ongoing outpatient drug counselling several times a week. Personal problems which I had tried to deal with myself had clearly got the better of me, and I am sorry that my pride has prevented me from seeking help before now."

    So not only did Michael seek treatment at the time, but he's still at it.

    "I would also like to express my thanks to those whose discretion allowed me to begin this process in private, which has helped me greatly," he added, anticipating our next question.

    The "Faith" singer pleaded guilty last week to driving under the influence of drugs and cannabis possession and is due back in court Sept. 24 for sentencing.

    Jail time is a possibility, the judge told Michaels in court, considering this is nowhere near the Grammy winner's first offense. But perhaps his most serious attempt yet at getting clean will prove to be a mitigating circumstance.

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    Who knows what George Michael will wear to his next Court Appearance, but we bet sunglasses will be involved.

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