Police to view video of Winehouse

Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:44pm EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - British police said on Wednesday they would investigate video footage of soul singer Amy Winehouse allegedly smoking crack cocaine.

Still images from the footage first appeared on the front page of the Sun tabloid on Tuesday.

"Officers will be viewing the footage when we receive it from the media," said a spokesman for London police.

"We will then assess the footage to ascertain whether any action needs to be taken. As always we thank the media for their co-operation."

The Sun said it had already handed over the video, taken early on Friday morning. Hours later a disheveled-looking Winehouse appeared in court to support husband Blake Fielder-Civil who is fighting charges related to a pub brawl.

Winehouse, one of Britain's top-selling artists, has won critical and commercial success with her hit album "Back to Black," and garnered six Grammy nominations in December.

The 2006 album has sold nearly five million copies worldwide, including 1.3 million in the United States.

Winehouse, 24, had been expected to perform at the Grammys ceremony on February 10, but drugs-related problems have hampered her request for a visa. She was arrested for possession of marijuana in Norway last year.

The Times newspaper quoted Island boss Nick Gatfield as saying plans to promote her music in the key U.S. market may be put on hold.   Continued...

<p>Singer Amy Winehouse leaves Snaresbrook Crown Court in London, after attending a court hearing for her husband Blake Fielder-Civil January 18, 2008. Winehouse's fans urged her to seek help on Tuesday after a newspaper printed images of her allegedly smoking crack cocaine last week. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>