Winehouse nearly misses husband's court date

LONDON Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:36am EST

Singer Amy Winehouse leaves Snaresbrook Crown Court in London, after attending a court hearing for her husband Blake Fielder-Civil January 18, 2008. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Singer Amy Winehouse leaves Snaresbrook Crown Court in London, after attending a court hearing for her husband Blake Fielder-Civil January 18, 2008.

Credit: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse almost missed her husband's court appearance on Friday as he fights charges relating to a pub brawl.

Appearing to sway on her feet and needing the support of family and friends, Winehouse caused a commotion at Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London as she arrived late to support Blake Fielder-Civil.

Entering court just five minutes from the end of the hearing -- which had lasted more than half an hour -- Winehouse, disheveled and dressed in a cream skirt, dark polo shirt and sporting her new blonde haircut, first mouthed: "I love you" and blew kisses to her 25-year-old husband as he left the dock.

She then yelled "Love you handsome, gorgeous one" as the judge discussed legal matters with lawyers.

She then turned to the several reporters sitting next to her in the public gallery and added in a loud voice: "I am not talking to you".

The 24-year-old, who won commercial and critical acclaim for her album "Back to Black", won six Grammy nominations in December but has been dogged by drug and alcohol-related problems and has been photographed on the streets of London in the early hours wearing only jeans and a bra.

Fielder-Civil, of Camden, north London, is facing charges of grievous bodily harm and perverting the course of justice, both relating to a pub fight in east London in June 2006.

As she left court, Winehouse was helped by her mother-in-law, Georgette, and headed into a meeting room where they remained for about 20 minutes.

As she left the meeting she was surrounded by bodyguards who prevented reporters from asking her questions, including several related to rumors she may be divorcing her husband.

With the help of her mother-in-law and another friend, she was bundled into a car without comment and raced past dozens of photographers and camera crews waiting outside court.

While Fielder-Civil has yet to enter a plea, his lawyer, Jeremy Dein, earlier told the court his client would be denying the charges. He is due to face trial in June.

Fielder-Civil and co-accused Michael Brown were due to stand trial in November, accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm on a pub landlord, James King, in Hoxton, east London.

Their trial was delayed after police arrested Fielder-Civil and charged him with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in relation to the incident.

King, 36, who was also in the dock, pleaded not guilty to the conspiracy charge along with Brown, 25, of Surrey, and Anthony Kelly, 25, of Chalk Farm, north London.

Winehouse has made several visits to her husband in jail and has referred to the case at concerts. Critics attending some of her recent performances have said they were worried she was close to a breakdown.

Her husband returns to court in late February.

(Editing by Stephen Addison and Paul Casciato)

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