10/03/2005 AT 8:00 AM ET
Bad-boy British rocker Pete Doherty, famous for his relationship with supermodel Kate Moss, was held by police after a weekend drug raid on the concert hall in central England where his band, Babyshambles, was playing, Reuters reports, after receiving confirmation from the musician’s spokesman.
Officers with sniffer dogs raided the Shrewsbury Music Hall in search of what a police report calls “the suspected illegal use of class A drugs” – a category which includes cocaine and heroin. Authorities also searched the band’s tour coaches.
Police would not identify the arrested man but Doherty, a confessed drug addict, had been held, according to his spokesman.
Emerging from the station on Sunday, Doherty said, as quoted by the Times of London: “The law is a pain in the arse. The only drugs that I had on me were prescription ones. I take them because they help keep me off heroin. That is all they found. The police took me in and questioned me all afternoon. It’s all a load of rubbish.”
Doherty, 26, shot to stardom as the lead singer of The Libertines but was kicked out of the band for his well-publicized drug addiction to crack cocaine.
He went on to form his own band Babyshambles and became a regular feature in Britain’s tabloid press because of his on-off relationship with Moss – who became the focus of attention last month when she was pictured in one newspaper allegedly snorting cocaine.
Moss apologized, but Chanel, H&M and Burberry, among others, canceled their contracts with her. Police also said they would investigate the newspaper reports.