Amy Winehouse in London
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Amy Winehouse wiped away tears as her incarcerated husband Blake Fielder-Civil was denied bail today.
Fielder-Civil, 25 – who is charged with conspiracy involving alleged witness tampering
in his upcoming assault trial – will spend Christmas in jail awaiting a Jan. 18 hearing. Should his case go to trial, Judge David Robson said he was "penciling in early June."
As he was led away, Fielder-Civil held his hand to his ear like a telephone and mouthed, "I'll call you," through the glass of the defendant's box. Winehouse waved and blew him two kisses.
The troubled singer, 24, arrived at Snaresbrook Crown Court at 10:40 a.m., wearing a long-sleeved black minidress and a yellow scarf around her trademark beehive. Outside the court, police ushered away a crowd of about 30 women all dressed as Winehouse.
Inside, Winehouse sat in the court's front row, next to Fielder-Civil's younger brother and one seat down from his mother Georgette. She was accompanied – and shielded from reporters' view – by a burly man who identified himself only as "a family friend."
The "Back to Black" singer spoke briefly to her mother-in-law and to one of her husband's lawyers, all the while checking for signs that Fielder-Civil himself was going to appear. When he finally did, just before 11 a.m., he was smiling and winking.
"I love you," he mouthed to his wife, asking, "Are you all right?" She nodded.
Winehouse, who clutched the thick gold heart-and-anchor charms she wore around her neck as if they were a rosary, watched wide-eyed as the judge agreed to hear Fielder-Civil's argument for bail in chambers because of the "intense scrutiny from the press." The rest of the nearly two-hour hearing continued in private.
When the proceeding wrapped, at 12:30 p.m., a grim-looking Winehouse refused to speak to the press as she hopped into a car with blacked-out windows. She is scheduled to appear in concert at London's Brixton Academy tonight.
Reporting by DIMI GAIDATZI