June 25, 2008 / 11:39 AM / 9 years ago

Pub landlord not guilty in Winehouse husband case

LONDON (Reuters) - A pub landlord was cleared on Wednesday of taking a 200,000 pound ($394,000) bribe to spare his attackers, one of whom was British soul singer Amy Winehouse’s husband, from jail.

<p>Amy Winehouse (R) leaves the stage with her husband Blake Fielder-Civil during the 2007 Mercury Music Awards at the Grosvenor House hotel in London September 4, 2007. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty</p>

The jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London found James King, 36, not guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Winehouse’s husband Blake Fielder-Civil and Michael Brown both pleaded guilty to attacking King in London in June, 2006, and to trying to bribe him.

Fielder-Civil, 26, faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced at a later date.

King told the trial that he had been intimidated into withdrawing his statement against Fielder-Civil and Brown by middlemen seeking to broker a deal to buy his silence.

The two middlemen have pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

Grammy-winning singer Winehouse, who has been fighting drug addiction and who was rushed to hospital last week after fainting at home, was in court earlier this month to support Fielder-Civil during pre-trial hearings.

The 24-year-old has been in hospital since her collapse, and her father told a newspaper she was suffering from the lung condition emphysema. A publicist has since backtracked, saying she had early signs of what could lead to the condition.

Reuters/Nielsen

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