In 1998 George Michael was arrested for engaging in a sexual act in a Los Angeles public toilet.
In the Channel 4 two-part documentary, George Michael: Outed, we are taken through the story of how he responded to the potentially career-ending scandal and how it became a landmark moment in gay politics.
Here is what we know about the documentary.
What can we expect from George Michael: Outed?
The first episode looks back at George Michael’s early career and explores the reasons he felt he had to remain in the closet (among them Wham!’s huge female fanbase).
The second part covers how the popstar announced his sexuality to the world.
It features contributions from Wham!’s former manager Simon Napier-Bell and the Rev Richard Coles, who recalls his experiences of being a gay man and a pop star in The Communards in 80s.
Never-before-broadcast-audio of the singer is featured in the two-parter, as well as interviews with the singer’s former partner, Kenny Goss, and the journalists who outed him in the tabloid press.
What happened to George Michael in 1998?
In April 1998 the pop singer was arrested by an undercover Beverly Hills police officer for engaging in a sexual act in a public toilet.
He was fined £500 and given 80 hours of community service for the incident which was reported on the front page of The Sun with the infamous headline “Zip Me Up Before You Go Go”.
After the incident, he went public with his sexuality and his relationship with US businessman, Kenny Goss, to CNN.
He also incorporated the incident into Outside the first song he released after his arrest. In its accompanying music video, the singer poses as a Los Angeles police officer performing a dance in a public toilet. Samples of radio reports of his arrest were used within the song.
At the end of the music video, two officers share a passionate kiss, seen through the lens of a surveillance camera.
On BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs in 2007 the singer said hiding his sexuality had made him feel “fraudulent” and that being caught soliciting sex in 1998 was a subconsciously deliberate act.
In the same year, Michael fronted a documentary about HIV to coincide with World Aids Day.
Michael’s arresting officer sued the singer for slander because of the song and video but lost his case.
The singer died on Christmas Day 2016 aged 53.
How can I watch George Michael: Outed?
It will be available on Channel 4 tonight at 9pm.