BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Pop star George Michael was charged Thursday with lewd conduct after his arrest last week in a park bathroom.

The 34-year-old British-born heartthrob, whose hits include ``I Want Your Sex'' and ``Faith,'' was alone when an undercover officer witnessed the act, police said. Police have not said what he is alleged to have done.

The standard penalty for a first-time offender is one to two years' probation, a $250 fine or community service.

In an interview last week with CNN, Michael said that he is gay and that his arrest, in an area known as a meeting spot for gay men, brought that fact to public light in an unfortunate way.

``I want people to know that I feel stupid and I feel reckless and weak for having allowed my sexuality to be exposed this way, but I don't feel any shame whatsoever,'' he said.