Singer Amy Winehouse has admitted attacking a theatre manager at a Christmas panto. The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to common assault and public order charges.
Winehouse hit 27-year-old theatre manager Richard Pound after disrupting a performance of Cinderella at Milton Keynes in Britain. The Back to Black singer was arrested four days later.
Julian Vickery, prosecuting, said Winehouse had been drinking before she arrived and raised her voice during the performance prompting a member of the audience to ask her to be quiet.
When Mr Pound asked the singer to leave the building, she “felt embarrassed and patronised and, with no premeditation, grabbed his hair and pulled,” Mr Vickery added.
Winehouse was given a twoyear conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 (€97) costs and £100 (€114) compensation to Mr Pound.
Magistrate 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. 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.”
Winehouse's musical career has been overshadowed by a torrid personal life and regular brushes with the law.