Winehouse fails to show at husband's court date

Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:15am EST
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By Andrew Hough

LONDON (Reuters) - Troubled British soul singer Amy Winehouse missed her husband's court appearance on Friday, during which he denied a charge relating to a pub brawl.

After arriving late and causing a commotion at an earlier hearing, Winehouse, 24, was a notable absentee during Blake Fielder-Civil's latest court appearance.

Her 25 year-old husband appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court, in east London, where he denied conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Fielder-Civil has already pleaded not guilty to a charge of grievous bodily harm. Both charges relate to a pub fight in June 2006.

At a hearing in January, Winehouse, who has won acclaim for her album "Back to Black," appeared to sway on her feet and needed the support of family and friends.

During the same hearing she yelled out that she loved him.

Pictures later published in a tabloid newspaper appeared to show her smoking crack cocaine just hours before the hearing.

She has since tried to restore her promising career, plagued by drug and legal problems, by entering rehab.   Continued...

<p>Amy Winehouse performs at the Brit Awards at Earls Court in London February 20, 2008. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico</p>