After Amy Winehouse was charged last week with assault in London, in connection with an incident that occurred in September, she will reportedly not be able to get a U.S. visa in time for her April 19 headlining gig at the Coachella festival .
Because of her legal problems, The Associated Press reported that it will be hard for Winehouse to obtain a visa. And although her rep, Chris Goodman, hasn’t commented specifically on the visa, in a statement to People, he said, “She cannot go because of current legal issues.”
People further reports that the singer had been in the process of getting a work visa to play at the festival, but hadn’t yet finished it. Her rep added that her “legal case would not be sorted out in time for her to make the music fest.”
[artist id="1742872"]Winehouse[/artist] is still expected to be a part of the festivities surrounding the 50th birthday celebration of her British record label, Island, on May 31. Before that, though, Winehouse is due back in court on March 17 to deal with the charges that stem from claims made by Sherene Flash in a tabloid who said she was hit in the eye by Winehouse after asking to take a picture with the Grammy-winning “Rehab” singer at the September 26 concert.
Winehouse, who has struggled with drug problems and health issues , has reportedly written some songs for a follow-up to her Grammy-winning breakthrough 2006 Back to Black album, but no release date for her third album has been announced. Due to her personal struggles, Winehouse was forced to pull out of a scheduled 2007 U.S. tour. Last year, Winehouse faced a similar problem when she was prevented from attending the Grammy Awards.