By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
Almost anybody who has a tendency toward addiction can wind up in a court ordered rehabilitation or “rehab” treatment facility.
Case in point: Grammy winning singer Amy Winehouse.
In today’s news: she was arrested on suspicion of assault in London after a wild night out.
London’s legendary tabloids quoted a man as saying Ms. Winehouse hit him when he interrupted her game of pool in a bar. Then she apparently head-butted a second man who was trying to get her into a cab and headed out of the neighborhood. All this in the wee hours of Wednesday.
The once beautiful and compelling performer is now performing not on stage but in an entirely new venue: the stage of international interest in those afflicted with addiction.
Winehouse under arrest in London, April 25, 2008.
Her bizarre behavior over a protracted time can hardly be interpreted any other way – as London judges can attest.
Ms. Winehouse and her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, were arrested in the Norwegian city of Bergen in October and held overnight on charges of drug possession. A video of her allegedly smoking crack with her husband appeared on the Internet shortly before she won five Grammys this year for her critically acclaimed album “Back to Black.”
Her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, was also accused of assault last year for hitting a bartender but the charges were dropped.
Troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse, pictured on January 18, 2007 was admitted that week to a rehabilitation clinic to help her battle against drug addiction, her record company said.(AFP/Shaun Curry)