Amy Winehouse Cleared in Assault Case

Celebrity News Jul. 24, 2009 AT 10:08AM
Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse arrives at court on the second day of her assault trial at The City of Westminster Magistrates Court on July 24, 2009 in London, England. Credit: Neil Mockford/Getty Images

Amy Winehouse was acquitted of assaulting a fan who asked to take her picture. A judge cleared the British singer of assault charges on Friday, the Associated Press reports.

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District Judge Timothy Workman found the 25-year-old not guilty of punching dancer Sherene Flash, 27, in the eye after the fan asked for a photograph after a London charity ball in September.

Although prosecutors claimed it was a deliberate assault, Winehouse -- who had pleaded not guilty -- said she had felt intimidated by the drunken Flash and claimed she was too short to have hit the dancer in the face.

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Winehouse's lawyer, Patrick Gibbs, said "the main injury here was probably to Miss Flash's pride."

The judge said that after hearing the evidence, he could not be sure the blow had been deliberate. "The charge is dismissed and the defendant discharged," he said.

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Winehouse, dressed in a knee-length black skirt, gray jacket and white shirt, shrugged as the verdict was announced. "I'm relieved," she told reporters as she left the court. "I'm going home."

In a statement read by a spokesman, the "Back to Black" singer -- who was granted a divorce from her husband of two years, Blake Fielder-Civil, earlier this month -- said she was "very happy to move on with her life and put the episode behind her."

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