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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Doherty 'tried to trivialise' death

Pete Doherty has been accused of attempting to trivialise Robyn Whitehead's death
Pete Doherty has been accused of attempting to trivialise Robyn Whitehead's death

Pete Doherty has been accused of trying to "trivialise" the death of heiress Robyn Whitehead.

The young filmmaker's mother, Dido Whitehead, attacked the musician's behaviour when he appeared in the dock accused of possessing cocaine before a party her daughter attended.

The 31-year-old Babyshambles star posed for a picture with two friends as he waited for the judge at Thames Magistrates' Court earlier this month.

Mrs Whitehead, a cousin of Jemima Khan and Zac Goldsmith, said her daughter was never Doherty's girlfriend and was not even a fan of his work.

She said: "Despite a lack of co-operation from those directly involved, Robyn was filming a thought-provoking and intelligent portrait of Doherty and his circle and was very conscious that her work should not glamorise the use of drugs.

"Robyn was not accustomed to hard drugs, a fact tragically underlined by her death.

"The behaviour of the defendants in court as reported is deeply insensitive and upsetting to everyone that was close to Robyn and appears designed to trivialise the seriousness of the events."

The singer was arrested by detectives investigating the suspected overdose death of Robin, who styled herself Robyn, on January 24.

The 27-year-old completed a documentary film, The Road To Albion, about Doherty's former band, The Libertines, and spent a lot of time with the singer.

Doherty was accused of possessing cocaine and friends Peter Wolfe and Alan Wass were also charged with drugs offences. All three men, who are expected to deny the charges, will return to the same court on January 14.

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