Doherty Faces Another Drug Charge

Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty has been charged with cocaine possession in a case dating back to January involving the death of a young heiress.

The heiress in question was 27-year-old Robin Whitehead, an aspiring filmmaker who died from a suspected drug overdose. Whitehead was the granddaughter of Teddy Goldsmith, founder of The Ecologist magazine, and great granddaughter of luxury hotel tycoon Frank Goldsmith.

Whitehead, who was filming a documentary about Doherty, was found dead in a London flat belonging to Pete Wolfe, who sings in his own band called Wolfman and is a friend and collaborator of the Babyshambles singer. Doherty was charged on Monday with cocaine possession in relation to Whitehead’s death while Wolfe was charged with supplying the drug in connection with the death, according to London’s Daily Mail newspaper.

As you might guess, this tale played out bigger in England than in The States, what with the possible drug-related death of a young woman from a very rich family linked with a musician who has become something of a poster boy for substance abuse in the U.K. Although Whitehead’s exact cause of death has not yet been determined, the Daily Mail reports an inquest has been opened.

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Doherty is scheduled to appear in Thames Magistrates’ Court Oct. 18. Click here to read the complete Daily Mail article.