Winehouse goes on trial over assault charges

Singer Amy Winehouse arrives Thursday at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.
Singer Amy Winehouse went on trial Thursday on charges that she assaulted a woman at a London charity ball last year.

Winehouse pleaded not guilty to the charge of common assault in March. The charge relates to a September incident in which Winehouse allegedly hit a fan after agreeing to pose for a photo at the ball, British media reported. The Grammy-winning singer returned to Britain this month after spending six months on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Soon afterward, a judge granted Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil a divorce that should be made final next month. She arrived at court Thursday wearing a gray skirt suit and her trademark black beehive with a blond streak. She abandoned that hairstyle in favor of natural black curls during her time on St. Lucia. Winehouse is famous for her retro, soulful R&B sound and has had a string of hits including “Rehab,” “Back to Black” and “Tears Dry on Their Own.”