April 8, 2008 / 4:35 PM / 12 years ago

Pete Doherty jailed for 14 weeks

LONDON (Reuters) - British rock star Pete Doherty was jailed on Tuesday for 14 weeks for breaching terms of his probation, his record label said. The sentence, handed down at a west London court, forces Doherty to reschedule a performance at the Royal Albert Hall scheduled for April 26.

British rock singer Pete Doherty waits outside of Thames Magistrates Court in east London, November 8, 2006. REUTERS/Toby Melville

His appearance at Britain’s high-profile Glastonbury festival at the end of June is also in doubt.

Adrian Hunter, Doherty’s manager, said there were “numerous reasons” the singer/songwriter had been jailed. “One of them was his latecoming at probation hearings,” he told Reuters.

Doherty, 29, has been in and out of court in recent months in connection with his well-publicized battle with drug abuse.

At a court hearing in October he admitted a string of drug and driving offences, but escaped jail when he was handed a suspended four-month prison term.

Doherty, known for his work with The Libertines and the band Babyshambles, pleaded guilty to driving illegally while in possession of crack cocaine, heroin, ketamine and cannabis. He also hit the headlines over his relationship with supermodel Kate Moss.


Shortly afterwards, he publicly apologized after being filmed taking heroin, having just told a music magazine that he was beating his addiction. He called that relapse a “stupid, stupid action for which I feel only shame”.

Parlophone Records said after the hearing on Tuesday the Babyshambles frontman’s show at the Royal Albert Hall would have to be postponed.

“Peter was very much looking forward to the show and would like to offer his sincerest apologies to all his fans and all those concerned,” the label said in a statement.

The singer has been a favorite of Britain’s tabloid press, particularly during his on-again off-again relationship with Moss. The pair are no longer together.

Asked whether Doherty would appeal against the court’s decision, Hunter said: “That is in the hands of the lawyers at the moment. I can’t comment on that.”

As well as the Royal Albert Hall gig, the jail term means Doherty also misses a planned appearance at the “Love Music Hate Racism” event in London the following day.

Editing by Andrew Hough

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