January 24, 2008 / 12:10 AM / in 10 years

Police to view video of Winehouse

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said on Wednesday they would investigate video footage of soul singer Amy Winehouse allegedly smoking crack cocaine.

<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>

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.

But a label spokesman said the comments were actually made in an interview with Billboard in December, before the latest scandal broke.

Winehouse was photographed visiting a private London clinic on Tuesday, which a spokesman for her label said she had been visiting regularly for some time.

Winehouse’s father Mitch said he hoped some good would come of the scandal.

”Of course it kills me to see my daughter on the front page of your newspaper like that,“ he told the Sun. ”It’s nothing short of devastating -- thinking she wants to destroy herself. She’ll be heartbroken about it all.

“But for all the hurt and pain, it may finally be the thing to focus her mind and convince her to get the help she needs to quit for good.”

Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato

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