Former prison officer facing prison after selling George Michael tabloid stories

The 43 year old woman received £2,000 for stories sold to The Sun newspaper

A former prison officer has admitted she sold information about George Michael to the Sun newspaper for a fee of £2,000.

43 year old Amanda Watts from Suffolk pleaded guilty to the charges in court at The Old Bailey, London.

As reported by the BBC News, Watts admitted to selling information about Michael’s time in Highpoint Prison in 2010 to The Sun newspaper. She received £2000 and her information led to five stories in the paper.

Judge John Bevan QC told her a prison sentence was “inevitable.” She will be sentenced next month.


Watts was arrested under Operation Elveden, a Metropolitan Police investigation into alleged inappropriate payments by journalists to police and other public officials.

Judge John Bevan QC told her: “You should understand the fact I’m bailing you until [16 October] is to enable you to make appropriate arrangements. A prison sentence is inevitable. I’m sure you understand.”

George Michael was jailed for eight weeks in 2010 for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis. The singer was arrested after crashing his Range Rover into a branch of Snappy Snaps in Hampstead, north London on July 4.

George Michael recently issued a statement to deny ‘highly inaccurate’ reports he went to rehab for crack cocaine addiction.

The pop singer was reported to have checked into a £190,000 a month Swiss rehab facility as his family feared for his life.

However, Michael denied these suggestions and has issued the following statement to the press:

“Whilst it is our general policy not to comment on private matters, we would in this instance note that these highly inaccurate stories have been apparently provided to the press by the wife of a very distant family member, neither of whom has had any dealings with him for many many years.”