News: Amy Winehouse Gets Slapped W/ Assault Charges

Friday, Mar 6, 2009 1:30PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning singer Amy Winehouse has been charged with assault for a physical altercation that took place last fall.

The British crooner was charged Friday (March 6) morning.

A London police spokesman says that Amy Winehouse has been charged with assault after after an alleged incident involving a fan at a September ball in the city last year. The fan has been quoted in tabloids saying that she'd been hit in the eye after asking to take Winehouse's picture. (Entertainment Weekly)

Winehouse's altercation will force her to return to court next month.

A spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police said, "The singer has been charged. She will appear on bail at City of Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday March 17th charged with common assault." The police do not name the person whom Winehouse is alleged to have assaulted, though the spokesman confirms, "It is connection with an incident in Berkeley Square on the 26th September 2008. (People)

The singer turned herself in to authorities on Thursday.

A spokesman for Winehouse said: "Amy voluntarily attended a police station in London yesterday morning. She was questioned by appointment in relation to an accusation made after the Berkeley Ball last year." (AFP)

Aside from this run-in with the law, Winehouse has also faced drug charges in the past.

Her battles with addiction and frequent run-ins with the law have been highly publicized. She was fined for illegally possessing marijuana in Norway in 2007, and her drug problems have been front page news in Britain, where she was pictured puffing on what appeared to be a crack pipe last year. (Associated Press)

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