May 6, 2008 / 8:57 AM / in 10 years

Pete Doherty released from jail early

LONDON (Reuters) - British rock musician Pete Doherty walked out of prison on Tuesday after serving 29 days of a 14-week sentence for breaching the terms of his probation, British media reported.

<p>British singer Pete Doherty at West London Magistrates Court, London August 7,2007. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>

Wearing a suit and dark tie, the 29-year-old Babyshambles singer told reporters waiting outside Wormwood Scrubs prison in west London that he was happy to be out and was looking forward to a drink and spending time with his cats.

Doherty has been in and out of court in recent months in connection with his well-publicized battle with drug abuse.

At a court hearing in October he admitted a string of drug and driving offences, but escaped jail when he was handed a suspended four-month prison term.

Doherty, also known for his work with the Libertines, pleaded guilty to driving illegally while in possession of crack cocaine, heroin, ketamine and cannabis.

He has also hit the headlines over his relationship with supermodel Kate Moss, although the pair are no longer together.

The prison sentence forced Doherty to reschedule a performance at the Royal Albert Hall on April 26 and had cast doubt over his appearance at Britain’s high-profile Glastonbury festival at the end of June.

(Writing by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Charles Dick)

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