News: Amy Winehouse Refuses To Fight Drug Charge, Withdrawals Appeal
Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 11:30AM
After recently announcing that she was going to a Norwegian court to appeal drug possession charges from last year, Amy Winehouse has decided to let the charges stand.
Taken by authorities alongside her hairdresser and her husband Blake Fielder-Civil while in Bergen, Norway, Winehouse was reportedly upset at being forced to pay the required fine before being released.However, Winehouse's lawyer has now confirmed with the Associated Press that his client is withdrawing from the case.
Her Norwegian attorney alleges Winehouse's denied United States entry last year for the annual Grammy Awards ceremony was the result of the fee, which represented a guilty plea.
"After a careful review of the whole matter, they decided to drop the appeal," attorney Ole Kvelstad said by telephone. He refused to give reasons for the decision to withdraw the appeal.
Police Prosecutor Rudolf Christoffersen confirmed the two had withdrawn the appeals and would not have to appear in court.
"That means the fines stand," he said on the TV-2 network.
Despite the case now being close, Singersroom reports that people familiar with the artist believe her decision may have a negative effect down the road.
Sources close to the case say Winehouse's guilty plea may effect her ability to perform in the United States should she choose to do so in the future.
Winehouse is currently in the midst of preparing her follow-up album to her Grammy-winning 2006 album, Back To Black.
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