September 21, 2005

British police to probe Kate Moss drug claims

LONDON (Reuters) - British police are to investigate
newspaper reports that supermodel Kate Moss took illegal drugs,
London's Scotland Yard said on Wednesday.

"Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur has reviewed the
matter and had asked officers from the specialist crime
directive to look at reports as highlighted in a national
newspaper," a Scotland Yard spokeswoman said.

The inquiry comes after the Daily Mirror newspaper printed
pictures of the 31-year-old model that the British tabloid said
showed her snorting cocaine.

Police said any investigation would require more evidence
than newspaper photos before it could proceed.

On Tuesday Swedish-based fashion giant Hennes and Mauritz
said it had canceled an advertising campaign using Moss
following the allegations.

Moss has previously denied taking hard drugs and has yet to
comment on the Mirror's claims.

H&M said it had made its decision after talking to Moss,
who it said was regretful. It gave no further details.

"H&M has decided to cancel the advertising campaign with
model Kate Moss. H&M distances itself strongly from drugs and
for several years has been actively engaged in drug prevention
work with the Mentor Foundation," the company said.

"After examining the situation H&M decided that the
campaign with Kate Moss is not compatible with H&M's clear
rejection of drugs," the group added.

Moss's waifish good looks have graced the covers of
countless magazines. She was discovered by a modeling agency as
a 14-year-old schoolgirl and went on to become one of the most
famous faces on the catwalk.

In 1998 she was admitted to London's Priory clinic, which
has treated many celebrities for drink and drug problems,
suffering from exhaustion.

Moss was signed up by H&M to front its high-profile autumn
collection designed by Stella McCartney. She has contracts with
other major fashion and cosmetic houses, which have refused to
comment so far.

British media have reported that Moss earns around 4
million pounds a year through commercial contracts.