Winehouse Declared ‘Not Guilty’
Last year, Amy Winehouse was accused of assulting a burlesque dancer in central London at a charity ball. Today, the court has declared her ‘not guilty’ of the charges against her.
Dancer ‘Sherene Flash’ had been at the Princes Trust charity ball in Berkley Square last September, which Winehouse had attended to support her goddaughter who was performing there. The singer was accused of punching Ms Flash in the eye after having been asked for a photograph. The alleged incident occured in a dressing room just after midnight. Apparently, the situation escalated when a drunken friend of Ms Flash tried to get into the photo, however Ms Winehouse claimed that everything had been blown out of proportion. When tried in the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Winehouse denied the charges or assult.
The judge determined that all but two of the witnesses had been drunk or intoxicated at the time of the incident, and those two witness accounts were irreconcilable. Ms Winehouse insisted her innocence throughout the proceedings. Winehouse claimed that Flash had been rude and persistent; she pushed her away with her forearm when Flash put her arm around the singer, but did not intent any harm.
As she left the courtroom today, Amy Winehouse told the gathered reporters “I’m relieved. I’m going home.”
The singer, who has previously won five prestigious grammy awards, is no stranger to the court room. Her now ex husband, Bllake Fielder-Civil, was arrested last July for assulting an East London pub landlord; Amy supported him throughout the trial. However, the couple later divorced on a count of Amy’s alleged infidelity; the divorce was granted by London’s High Court earlier this month. However, despite the recent break up, Winehouse appeared in court under her married name of ‘Amy Civil’ and was wearing her wedding ring.
Winehouse recently returned home from an extended stay in St Lucia. She lives in one of London’s most popular areas for night life and for London escorts, who pick up a lot of business from both local residents and from tourists and business men.