Winehouse assault charge blows out US festival plans

LONDON - British singer Amy Winehouse will not get a work visa to travel to the US in time to perform at a leading music festival on April 18 because she was charged with assault last week, her spokesperson said yesterday.

LONDON - British singer Amy Winehouse will not get a work visa to travel to the US in time to perform at a leading music festival on April 18 because she was charged with assault last week, her spokesperson said yesterday.

Winehouse, 25, had been expected to perform at the Coachella festival in California, where she was due to join acts including Paul McCartney and The Killers.

The bee-hived soul singer, who won five Grammy awards last year and whose second album Back to Black has won widespread critical acclaim, was charged with assault following an incident at a ball in London's Berkeley Square last year.

Her private life, including a battle against drug addiction, has increasingly overshadowed her recording success over the past two years. - Reuters

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