British rocker Doherty likely to admit affray in Paris court plea, says lawyer

Pete Doherty of The Libertines performs on the Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 26, 2015. — Reuters pic
Pete Doherty of The Libertines performs on the Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 26, 2015. — Reuters pic

PARIS, Nov 12 — British indie rocker Pete Doherty is likely to plead guilty to charges of affray in a Paris court today, his lawyer said, as his band gears up for a European tour.

The 40 year-old Libertines frontman will appear before the Paris public prosecutor this morning, said his lawyer Arash Derambarsh.

He was arrested early on Sunday morning following an argument with members of the public, just hours after having been released following an earlier arrest for possession of cocaine.

“We are likely to enter a guilty plea,” Derambarsh said, adding no-one was hurt as a result of the weekend altercation.

Doherty shot to fame in the mid-2000s, when he dated supermodel Kate Moss, and has since been arrested numerous times for drug offences.

Doherty was arrested in the Pigalle district of northern Paris in the night of Thursday to Friday for buying cocaine and provisionally fined €5,000 (RM22,850), the Paris prosecutor’s office and his lawyer have said.

After being released he went out to celebrate, taking alcohol, sleeping pills and valium, Derambarsh said.

Doherty, who has homes in Paris and Margate, got into an argument with two passers-by that led to his eventual re-arrest. “He lost control. He is ashamed of himself. He knows his behaviour is unacceptable,” added his lawyer.

The Libertines, who played the Olympia venue in Paris on October 27, are due to embark on a European tour this month. — Reuters

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