Doherty To Remain In Jail On Robbery Charge

Libertines co-founder Pete Doherty, arrested after a disturbance at a London hotel, was initially granted bail today (Feb. 4) when he appeared in a London court on charges of robbery and blackmail. Bu

Libertines co-founder Pete Doherty, arrested after a disturbance at a London hotel, was initially granted bail today (Feb. 4) when he appeared in a London court on charges of robbery and blackmail. But he will be forced remain in jail over the weekend while he secures the $280,000 bail, his lawyer said.

Speaking after the hearing at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court, lawyer Sean Curran said the artist strongly denied the allegations.

Doherty, 25, was arrested after police were called to the hotel Wednesday following reports of a man being assaulted. A 30-year-old man was taken to hospital with facial injuries, which were not serious.

Doherty's open addiction to crack cocaine and recent pairing with supermodel Kate Moss have made him a figure of fascination for the British media. He has been absent from the Libertines since June 2004 and now leads the band Babyshambles.

Doherty previously was jailed in 2003 for six months for burglarizing Libertines co-founder Carl Barat's apartment and was last year given a four-month suspended sentence for possessing a flick knife.


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