January 10, 2006

Singer Doherty faces cocaine, heroin charges

LONDON (Reuters) - Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty, best
known for his on-off relationship with supermodel Kate Moss,
has been charged with possession of cocaine and heroin, British
police said on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old rock star, a self-confessed drug abuser, is
due to appear in court in London on Wednesday.

Doherty, who shot to fame as lead singer of The Libertines,
was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs in November last

He has been in the headlines since Moss was filmed
apparently snorting cocaine, prompting several fashion labels
to sever ties with the 31-year-old. Still images from the
footage appeared in the Daily Mirror tabloid last September.

Police have urged Moss to return from the United States to
answer questions related to the cocaine scandal, and say they
are closing in on other suspects in the case.

Media reports say Doherty and Moss have split up.