Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Burgled My Friend's Flat Because I'm a Crack Addict; I NEED HELP, ADMITS FORMER LIBERTINES SINGER AS HE FACES JAIL SENTENCE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Burgled My Friend's Flat Because I'm a Crack Addict; I NEED HELP, ADMITS FORMER LIBERTINES SINGER AS HE FACES JAIL SENTENCE

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Byline: JULIETTE GARSIDE

THE former lead singer of one of Britain's most up-andcoming rock bands today admitted he is addicted to heroin and crack cocaine.

Paul Doherty, 24, co-founded the Libertines six years ago and has enjoyed huge success with the band - whose first album has sold thousands of copies and who have appeared on Top of the Pops.

But the group has been torn apart by Doherty's addiction and arguments over the way the band is managed.

Doherty could now face a prison sentence after admitting breaking into the London flat of cofounder Carlos Barat in a fit of rage and stealing thousands of pounds worth of electrical and musical equipment.

Today he told the Standard he had problems with drug dependence - but was determined to clean himself up and begin recording again with the group.

"Yes I'm a heroin addict, yes I'm addicted to crack cocaine, and I don't know what to do," he said.

"When I was arrested for burglary, they found traces of opiates and crack cocaine in my blood. I'm all cut up, unsure, I don't know what I'm doing, I need a good kicking and I need some help."

Of the break-in, Doherty said: "I went to speak to Carlos about how I had a drummer and bass player living on my floor. They are on the dole and I needed to pay them because they are musicians. I was going down to Carlos's to say I can't pay them out of my own money and I found myself shouting at him and it turned out I was arguing with my reflection.

"When I realised, I booted the door in. I was engulfed by complete misery and despair.

It wasn't revenge. It was more 'why are you ignoring me' - a cry from the darkness. I do feel remorse, I feel sick."

The Libertines' record label, Rough Trade, paid for Doherty, who says he is [pounds sterling]300,000 in debt, to visit a rehabilitation clinic earlier this summer so he could clean up and rejoin the band. …

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