Scotland Yard's case against Grammy-winning songstress Amy Winehouse has come to an end, as British authorities have decided they'll take no further action against the singer, according to her publicist. Winehouse was arrested in mid-December on allegations of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
On December 18, Winehouse was arrested for questioning in connection with the court case involving her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil. He is awaiting trial in the U.K. on assault charges and has been additionally charged with trying to interfere with a witness in his assault case. Police had been investigating Winehouse's supposed role in the alleged witness-tampering incident.
At the time of her arrest, Winehouse's publicist, Tracey Miller, explained that the singer voluntarily visited a police station in East London at a prearranged time. Police released the singer without filing charges; the singer was released on bail and was ordered to return to a London police station in early March. In a statement issued Friday morning (February 29), Miller said that Winehouse will "now no longer be required" to return.
"Before questioning began, she was placed under arrest, which is common practice in [the] U.K.," Miller had explained at the time of Winehouse's collar. Under British law, a person must be arrested in order to be questioned by police.
"Police have confirmed that she is no longer a suspect in the case after interviewing her in December," Miller's statement reads. "Amy is pleased to be discounted from the investigation and thanks the police for their professionalism in their dealings with her."
Though Winehouse is in the clear, Fielder-Civil was in court Friday, where he denied the charge of conspiracy to pervert the court of justice during an appearance in Snaresbrook Crown Court in East London, according to a Reuters report. Winehouse did not attend her husband's court date, an absence that sent the British tabloids into a frenzy of speculation, in light of her swooning appearance at a January hearing, during which she repeatedly yelled that she loved him. Fielder-Civil was taken back into custody after Friday's hearing and will appear in court again in April. He is expected to stand trial in June.
For Winehouse, 2007 was something of a tumultuous year, but things have been looking up for her in 2008. In addition to winning five Grammy awards, the singer has entered a drug-treatment program. Last month, just days after grainy video footage surfaced online purportedly showing Winehouse inhaling smoke from what appeared to be a crack pipe, the singer entered a rehabilitation facility in London, "after talks with her record label, management, family and doctors," a press release issued at the time stated. "She has come to understand that she requires specialist treatment to continue her ongoing recovery from drug addiction. ... Amy entered the facility by mutual agreement and continues to receive the full support of all concerned."
In October, Winehouse was fined after marijuana was found in her hotel room in the Norwegian city of Bergen; that case is still pending. She also called off a series of shows and appearances, which reportedly allowed the singer to seek treatment for drug addiction.