Winehouse Summoned To Norway To Face Drug Charges
Troubled star Amy Winehouse has been summoned to appear at a Norwegian court on drug charges after she was caught in possession of marijuana in the country.
The Rehab hitmaker was arrested alongside husband Blake Fielder-Civil and her hairdresser in Norway's city of Bergen in October 2007 after she was found with seven grammes of the illegal drug in her hotel room.
The trio was released by authorities after paying a fine of $430 (GBP294), although Winehouse later contested the fine.
The trial was scheduled for the beginning of 2008, but prosecutors were forced to postpone the hearing due to the imprisonment of Fielder-Civil, who was jailed in 2007 in relation to an attack on a pub landlord.
He was released in November (08) after agreeing to attend a rehab centre, but was ordered back to jail after failing a mandatory drugs test as part of his rehabilitation course. He could remain behind bars until 2010.
Now, a trial date in Norway has been set for 12 January (09) and the singer is expected to attend, according to prosecutor Rudolf Christoffersen.
He says, "I was informed by British police on December 23 that she has been legally summoned, and we expect that she will be there when the trial opens on January 12."
According to Christoffersen, Fielder-Civil has already received a summons from Norwegian authorities. British police are reportedly seeking the whereabouts of the star's hairdresser, who will also be summoned to appear in front of lawmakers.
The 2007 arrest hampered the star's career throughout 2008 - she struggled to obtain a visa to travel to America for the Grammy Awards in February, and was forced to accept her five gongs via satellite link from London.