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Singer's mate in hot water

June 11, 2008|From the Associated Press

Amy Winehouse's husband beat up a pub landlord and then offered him $400,000 to keep quiet about the attack, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Prosecution lawyer Sean Larkin said barman James King suffered a broken cheekbone in the June 2006 attack by Blake Fielder-Civil and another man -- but was willing to accept money to spare his attackers jail.

King, 36, is on trial for conspiring to pervert the course of justice (the equivalent of obstruction of justice in the U.S.). He denies the charge, and says he was intimidated into withdrawing the assault claim.

Fielder-Civil, 26, pleaded guilty last week to perverting the course of justice, and also admitted assault.

In December, police arrested and questioned Winehouse on suspicion of attempting to interfere with Fielder-Civil's case. The singer was released without charge and Larkin said there was no evidence to suggest she was involved.

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