Broken Record: Pete Doherty Busted After Overdose Death of Filmmaker Friend

Babyshambles singer is in hot water again, caught up in police inquiry into death of documentarian Robin Whitehead

By Josh Grossberg Mar 22, 2010 4:30 PMTags
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Pete Doherty's problems with the law were mainly self-inflicted—until now.

The trouble-prone British rocker, who spent most of the last decade in and out of jail for various substance abuse and drunken driving offenses, was taken into custody last Friday, this time on suspicion of supplying drugs to an heiress-turned-filmmaker friend who died from a suspected overdose.

According to the BBC, London's Finest questioned the 31-year-old Doherty, along with two other men and a woman, in the death of Robin Whitehead, whose body was discovered in her flat on Jan. 24 along with drug paraphernalia.

Whitehead had just finished making The Road to Albion, a documentary about the Babyshambles frontman's former band, the Libertines.

While investigators don't suspect foul play, they're trying to ferret out whoever gave her the illegal drugs. Doherty has come under suspicion because of his past substance abuse and reports that he and Whitehead partied quite a bit in the days leading up to her death.

The musician's rep has said that Doherty was "shocked and saddened" by her death. He has posted bail and is due to return to court in April, "pending further inquiries," a police spokesman said.

Two of the other people questioned, a 41-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman, were arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice—i.e., interfering with the investigation.


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