A London court today (Nov. 8) fined Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty $1,400 for assaulting a British Broadcasting Corp. journalist earlier this year.

A London court today (Nov. 8) fined Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty $1,400 for assaulting a British Broadcasting Corp. journalist earlier this year.

The 27-year-old singer lashed out at a crush of reporters outside Thames Magistrates' Court after he pleaded guilty to seven drug charges March 23.

Doherty admitted that he kicked BBC reporter Trudi Barber and knocked a microphone out of her hand before he sprinted away from reporters, jumped into his Jaguar and sped away.

The singer had pleaded innocent to assault, but changed his plea after watching television footage of the incident, his lawyer, Sean Curran, said. Justice Helen Skinner also ordered Doherty to pay $475 in compensation and $380 in court costs.

Doherty appeared in court wearing a black coat and clutching a black trilby hat. He told the court he could not pay the fine today because he had only 50 cents with him. He apologized for the incident, but called Barber part of the "harassing scum of press."

Skinner said Doherty was courting publicity outside the court by his "extravagant behavior." "People in public life have a responsibility to behave and be a good role model to others," Skinner said. "Referring to the press as scum does no one any favors."


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