Pete Doherty charged with possessing cocaine

Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:43pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - British singer Pete Doherty was charged on Tuesday with possessing cocaine in connection with an inquiry into the suspected overdose death of heiress Robyn Whitehead.

The 31-year-old Babyshambles frontman and former partner of supermodel Kate Moss was one of four people questioned after the January death of the filmmaker, who had been working on a documentary of Doherty at the time.

Two of Doherty's friends were also charged -- Peter Wolfe, 42, for supplying and possessing cocaine, and Alan Wass, 29, for possessing cocaine.

Wolfe was widely reported to have been staying at the flat in east London where Whitehead died aged 27.

All three are on bail and due to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court on October 18.

Whitehead was the granddaughter of the late Teddy Goldsmith, founder of The Ecologist magazine, and daughter of 1960s filmmaker Peter Whitehead.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Steve Addison)

<p>Musician Pete Doherty listens to the media during the Positivus music festival in Salacgriva, about 100 km (62 miles) from Riga July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins</p>