Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Amy Winehouse Pleads Not Guilty To Assault

On Tuesday (March 17), Amy Winehouse pleaded not guilty to assaulting a fan at a show last September, The Associated Press reports. The singer, wearing her signature beehive, showed up slightly late to the court appearance, but her lawyer, Mark Haslam, apologized for it. According to the AP, he told the court she had left her north London home more than two hours earlier but had been delayed.

When Winehouse arrived at the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court, she gave her name as Amy Jade Civil — despite reports of her impending divorce from husband Blake Fielder-Civil. After pleading not guilty, she was released on unconditional bail and ordered to attend a new hearing on July 23.

The charge stemmed from a September 26 incident, when Winehouse allegedly hit dancer Sherene Flash in the eye after the woman asked to take a picture with the Grammy-winning "Rehab" singer.

Last week, Winehouse canceled her appearance at the Coachella festival in April due to her ongoing legal problems, which would make it difficult for Winehouse to obtain a U.S. visa. While her rep, Chris Goodman, didn't comment specifically on the visa, in a statement to People, he said, "She cannot go because of current legal issues."

Winehouse, who has struggled with drug problems and health issues, has reportedly written some songs for a follow-up to her Grammy-winning breakthrough 2006 Back to Black album, but no release date for her third album has been announced. Due to her personal struggles, Winehouse was forced to pull out of a scheduled 2007 U.S. tour. Last year, she faced a similar problem when she was prevented from attending the Grammy Awards.

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