Winehouse admits panto assault
Amy Winehouse has admitted assaulting a theatre manager during an incident at a pantomime.
The troubled singer pleaded guilty to common assault and public order charges at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court.
The 26-year-old lashed out at a 27-year-old theatre manager after disrupting a performance of Cinderella at the Milton Keynes Theatre, Buckinghamshire.
Amy, from Barnet, Hertfordshire - who was charged with a public order offence and common assault under the name Amy Civil - was given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 in costs. She must also pay £100 compensation to her victim, Richard Pound, the theatre's front-of-house manager.
District judge Peter Crabtree said: "Mr Pound is a person whose job involves interaction with the public. If he's assaulted he deserves the court's protection. In this case it's obvious that alcohol played its part."
Passing sentence, he added: "It may be harder than a fine because you have now got to stay on the straight and narrow for the next two years."
A conditional discharge means that, if the singer commits further offences within the next two years, she will also face re-sentencing for these offences.
Addressing Amy, the judge referred to a medical report, saying: "You clearly have taken effort from this report to address your alcohol problems and any other problems you may have, so you get credit for that."
Amy sat quietly in the dock wearing a short dark skirt and white shirt, and sporting her signature beehive hairstyle.
The Back To Black singer was arrested on December 23 after attending Milton Keynes police station voluntarily after the incident on December 19.
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