British prosecutors said they had dropped robbery and blackmail charges against Pete Doherty, the troubled former frontman of rock band the Libertines.

British prosecutors said they had dropped robbery and blackmail charges against Pete Doherty, the troubled former frontman of rock band the Libertines. Doherty, 25, was arrested in February after a reported fracas at a London hotel. He spent five nights in a police lockup before being released on bail under a nighttime curfew.

A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service said the charges had been dropped because there was "insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction." Similar charges were dropped against another musician, Alan Wass, 23, who was arrested with Doherty.

Doherty, whose drug problems and brushes with the law have made headlines for months, was kicked out of the Libertines and has since formed a new group, Babyshambles. That act has sporadic shows lined up this summer, including an appearance at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival in late June.


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