- 13 Nov 19
The Libertines frontman was arrested twice in the past week for violence and drug-related charges.
Pete Doherty received a three-month suspended sentence earlier this week on top of €10,000 in fines after being arrested in Paris twice this week.
The 40-year-old singer was detained in the French capital on 7 November after purchasing cocaine in the Pigalle district, during which he received an initial fine and was later let go. According to Doherty's lawyer, Arash Derambash, the musician went out to celebrate his release by taking a combination of alcohol, valium and sleeping pills and was arrested again on 10 November, with French media reporting that he got into a physical altercation with a teenage boy in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Doherty's suspended sentence stems from this later act of aggression, deemed “violence while intoxicated.”
“It is a lenient decision," Derambarsh told Reuters. "Mr. Doherty will be able to keep singing. It is what we had asked.”
The singer's struggles with drugs have been well-documented since his rise to fame. Earlier this year, Doherty was handed a six-month driving ban after being caught speeding.
Though the Libertines are set to begin a European tour in Luxembourg this Sunday, Doherty's representatives said that his legal situation should not affect the tour schedule.