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Court told Amy Winehouse husband offered 200,000 pounds (US$400,000) bribe to man he assaulted

Court told Amy Winehouse husband offered 200,000 pounds (US$400,000) bribe to man he assaulted

The husband of singer Amy Winehouse beat up a pub landlord and then offered him 200,000 pounds (US$400,000) to keep quiet about the attack, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Prosecution lawyer Sean Larkin said barman James King suffered a broken cheekbone in the June 2006 attack by Winehouse's spouse, Blake Fielder-Civil, and another man _ but was willing to accept money to spare his attackers jail.
King, 36, is on trial for conspiring to pervert the course of justice. He denies the charge.
Larkin told the jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court that "the deal was that Mr. King would prepare what is known as a withdrawal or retraction statement saying he no longer wished to pursue the prosecution, that he would not turn up to give evidence to the trial, that he would leave the country so that the court or the police would not be able to find him to bring him to court for the trial and that Mr. King expected to be paid something in the order of 200,000 pounds."
Larkin said the plot was exposed when King and another defendant, Anthony Kelly, contacted the Daily Mirror newspaper and tried to sell the story of the beating and the cover-up. The newspaper went to the police.
Larkin said Daily Mirror journalist Stephen Moyes had asked whether Winehouse was involved in the plot.
"He was told by Kelly, 'Who do you think is paying for it? Of course she is,'" Larkin said.
In December, police arrested and questioned Winehouse on suspicion of attempting to interfere with Fielder-Civil's case. She was released without charge, and Larkin said there was no evidence to suggest she was involved in the plot.
Fielder-Civil, 26, pleaded guilty last week to perverting the course of justice, and also admitted assault. He faces a jail term when he is sentenced later.
Three accomplices, including Kelly, have also pleaded guilty.
Soul diva Winehouse and Fielder-Civil married in Miami in May 2007. He was arrested in November and has been in jail awaiting trial ever since.
Winehouse has become an international star since she released the Grammy-winning album "Back to Black" in 2006. But her music has been overshadowed by reports of her drug use, run-ins with the law and tempestuous relationship with Fielder-Civil.
In the latest tabloid storm, Winehouse defended herself against allegations of racism after a newspaper published footage of her singing a ditty loaded with racial epithets.


Updated : 2021-05-18 13:57 GMT+08:00