Kate Moss fails to remove cocaine scar in court

The UK supermodel failed in a legal battle to prevent damaging allegations about her recent cocaine use.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 12:09 IST

British supermodel Kate Moss failed in a legal challenge to prevent damaging allegations about her recent cocaine use from being used in an upcoming libel case over claims she once snorted so much of the drug she fell into a coma.

The 32-year-old launched her bid for damages after British broadcaster Channel 5 aired the allegation on a show called The Truth About Kate Moss, which aired last year.

The case centres around a claim that the model shared lines of cocaine during a 2001 charity event in Barcelona and later fell into a coma in her hotel room.

At a pretrial hearing in London yesterday, Judge David Eady gave lawyers for the television company permission to use allegations of Moss's drug use, first published by British tabloid the Daily Mirror in September last year.

Channel Five's lawyer Matthew Nicklin argued that full details of Moss's drug use, and a public apology she issued regarding it, needed to be brought before the court in order to mount a successful defense.

Moss -- who has a 3-year-old daughter -- lost contracts with H&M, Burberry and Chanel after the Daily Mirror published pictures of her apparently using cocaine in a west London music studio where her then-boyfriend, rock musician Pete Doherty, was recording with his group Babyshambles.

The model has since visited a rehab clinic in Arizona and worked on international assignments.

First Published: Feb 06, 2006 12:09 IST