DEFAMATION
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Kate Moss has failed in a High Court attempt to block recent allegations of drug abuse being used in her forthcoming libel trial. Moss alleges that Channel 5 defamed her by saying that she had taken a ‘vast’ quantity of cocaine in Barcelona in 2001 and had to be revived from a coma. The more recent allegations stem from the period of Moss’s relationship with Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty when she was photographed allegedly using cocaine at one of the band’s recording sessions. On September 22 nd Moss issued a public apology and said that she was taking steps to address her ‘personal issues’. She has since attended a rehabilitation clinic in the US. Moss has subsequently returned to the UK and has, on January 31 st, been interviewed by police under caution but she was not arrested and no charges have been brought against her. In a pre-trial ruling Mr Justice Eady gave defence lawyers permission to use the more recent allegations of cocaine use in their defence against the action for defamation for the alleged Barcelona incident in 2001 (these allegations being pre the winter 2005 new allegations and apology). Channel 5’s case at trial will be that Moss was a ‘serious cocaine abuser’ and will use the more recent allegations and the apology as part of their defence to the action.

The Times February 4 th 2006 .