In case you missed it, in the mix of hundreds of stories about it from British blogs, papers, and magazines, Pete Doherty was recently convicted on drug charges related to the death of filmmaker Robin Whitehead. Until now, no one has tried diving into Doherty’s crazy world of heroin, music, and documentaries. That changes with this massive story in the Guardian that details Robin Whitehead’s descent into Doherty’s milieu, and Doherty’s symbiotic relationship with Pete Wolfe. Here’s a sampling:
Whitehead never got that chance. On Sunday 24 January 2010, she died from a suspected drug overdose in the Hackney flat where she had been filming Doherty and his friend, another musician, Pete Wolfe, whom Fior had previously managed. Last month, Doherty was sentenced to six months in prison for possession of class A drugs, and Wolfe 12 months, for possession and supply of class A drugs, a conviction secured by damning evidence filmed by Whitehead on the weekend of her death. It is Doherty’s third prison sentence since 2003, and follows multiple fines, court appearances, spells in rehab and broken promises to clean up his act. “The media are calling this a tragedy,” says Fior, speaking before the pair received their sentence. “But for a brilliant, beautiful, vibrant 27-year-old girl to have gone into that flat and not come out, it is not a tragedy, it’s an obscenity.”
Nothing will ever top that Rolling Stone story that was just the reporter trying to find Doherty in London, but this is pretty interesting beyond the tabloids story. Read the whole thing here.