October 27, 2005

Supermodel Kate Moss out of rehab

LONDON (Reuters) - British supermodel Kate Moss, whose
career began to unravel when pictures were published apparently
showing her snorting large quantities of cocaine, has left a
drug rehabilitation center, her agent said on Thursday.

The 31-year-old hit the headlines last month when British
tabloid the Daily Mirror published photographs allegedly
showing her taking the drug, prompting some fashion labels to
cancel contracts and future projects with Moss.

A spokesperson for her London model agency, Storm,
confirmed she had left the Meadows Clinic in the United States
earlier this week and was with friends there before returning
to work.

She checked into the center in September.

"Kate is in excellent spirits and looking forward to
getting back to work. She would like to thank everyone for
their messages of support as they have played a major part in
helping her," the spokesperson said.

The London-born model will be reunited with her
three-year-old daughter Lila in the next few days.

In 1998, Moss checked into London's Priory Clinic suffering
from "exhaustion" and announced the following year that she had
spent the previous decade modeling "drunk."

Moss has not admitted to the recent allegations made
against her, although she issued a short statement shortly
after the scandal broke in which she apologized to people she
let down.

The allegations prompted British retailer Burberry and
Swedish-based fashion house Hennes and Mauritz to sever ties
with one of the most famous faces in fashion, raising doubts
over whether she could continue a successful modeling career.

France's Chanel also said it would not renew her contract
when it expired.

But her backers say despite setbacks Moss remained a
bankable star.

Storm said her modeling commitments were expected to take
her to Los Angeles, Paris and New York over the coming months,
and she was due to feature in the Pirelli calendar, released
next month.

Moss may be questioned by British police when she next
returns to the country.

She was discovered by a modeling agency as a 14-year-old
schoolgirl, and her waifish good looks have graced the covers
of countless magazines.