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Amy Winehouse Testifies In Her Assault Trial: “People Are Mad. People Are Rude”

Jul. 23 2009, Published 2:13 p.m. ET

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Hellraiser Amy Winehouse told a court in London Thursday that she was ‘scared’ when she was asked to pose for a charity photograph.

The singer – who is appearing at the City Of Westminster’s Magistrates’s Court over an alleged assault – explained that she was ‘happy’ to pose for a photo with dancer Sherene Flash but the scene quickly changed after she (Winehouse) asked for a minute to see a friend off.

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“She lent down all over me, she had her face down by me,” explained Winehouse.

The singer – who has pled not guilty to the charge – appeared in court with her trademark beehive and wearing a gray suit with white pearls.

She told the court that in the dressing room area last September that she moved her left hand across her face and pushed her right hand upwards towards Flash. “She’s there, she’s tall, I wanted her away from me. I thought ‘Do I get a choice in this? Hello’ People are mad, people are rude,” Winehouse said.

To show the height difference, the singer showed Magistrate Timothy Workman her pink flats before saying: “And my hair does make a difference.”

Winehouse had attended the Berkeley Square summer ball to support and sing backing vocals to her goddaughter Dionne Bloomfield.

Earlier Thursday, prosecuting lawyer Lyall Thompson told the court that there had been ‘nothing accidental’ about Winehouse’s actions and that she had ‘acted with deliberate and unjustifiable violence’ by landing a direct blow in Flash’s face with her right hand.

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After the incident, Flash called the police and saw a doctor for treatment to her swollen right eye.

She claimed that after she had danced at the event, she went back-stage with a friend to meet Winehouse and that she had not touched the singer.

Defense lawyer Patrick Gibbs asked Flash if she had mis-read the situation, to which she replied: “Even if I did, it doesn’t give me the right to punch somebody in the face”.

Flash, who admitted she was ‘tipsy’ described Winehouse as being ‘drunk’ which was backed-up by other witnesses.

The trial continues…..



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