- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Quit or go to jail

Pete Doherty must prove his desire to quit drugs within a month or face a jail sentence, a London judge warned yesterday.

The 28-year-old lead singer of Babyshambles has admitted possessing quantities of crack cocaine, heroin, cannabis and ketamine and also to two driving offenses.

Judges ordered him to take part in a detoxification program, but a review of his progress yesterday found he had tested positive for drugs in initial tests.

“If he does not show his motivation, it’s prison, as simple as that,” Judge Davinder Lachlar said at the review hearing. “Depending on what information I have when you next come to court, the decision will be made.”

Mr. Doherty, best known as the ex-boyfriend of supermodel Kate Moss, has been undergoing drug treatment under court order because of previous convictions.

The latest case refers to offenses in May, when police officers stopped Mr. Doherty’s car in central London.

Judge Lachlar ordered Mr. Doherty to return to West London Magistrates’ Court for a Sept. 4 hearing. The singer left in a black minivan, poking through a sunroof to jeer at photographers as the vehicle sped away.

Rapper sued

Busta Rhymes has been sued by a man who claims the rapper and his crew beat him after he spit on one of their cars.

In the lawsuit, filed Monday in Manhattan state Supreme Court, Roberto LeBron, 20, claims he was kicked in the head after an encounter with Mr. Rhymes and his nine bodyguards in August 2006.

Mr. Rhymes’ attorney, Scott Leemon, said he hadn’t seen the lawsuit.

“Nothing has been proven yet,” Mr. Leemon said.

The 35-year-old rapper, whose real name is Trevor Smith, faces trial for reportedly assaulting a fan after an Aug. 12, 2006, performance at a music festival on Randalls Island.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the lawsuit was connected to that incident.

Mr. Rhymes also faces separate trials on charges that he drove drunk, drove with a suspended license and beat and kicked a former employee.

The rapper’s hits include “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See,” “Dangerous” and “Touch It.” He also has appeared in movies, including “Shaft” and “Finding Forrester.”

Not his boy

A lawyer for Chris Rock said Monday that a court-ordered DNA test proved Mr. Rock is not the father of a 13-year-old boy whose mother tried to sue the comedian for support earlier this year.

Mr. Rock’s attorney, John Mayoue of Atlanta, said a Savannah, Ga., judge sent results of the paternity test to lawyers on both sides of the case.

“The results of the test are that Chris Rock is not the father of this child,” Mr. Mayoue said. “It is conclusive.”

The mother, however, disputed the test results.

Kali Bowyer who lives in Bulloch County, Ga., near Savannah, tried in March to file a paternity lawsuit against Mr. Rock, seeking child support and medical coverage for her son, Jordan

Mr. Rock and his wife, Malaak, said in a statement Monday that they were happy to put the case to rest. They accused Miss Bowyer of telling “multiple lies” to sell her story to tabloids.

Miss Bowyer said Monday she had never received money for her story and also said she planned to ask the judge to order another DNA test to challenge the results of the one that ruled out Mr. Rock as her child’s father.

Miss Bowyer, 35, said she met Mr. Rock at a Los Angeles nightclub when she was living in California 13 years ago.

Mr. Rock recently directed and starred in the film “I Think I Love My Wife” and is behind the hit television series “Everybody Hates Chris,” based on his childhood. He and his wife have been married 10 years and have two young children.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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