March 25, 2013 11:54

Gossip singer Beth Ditto fined £286 ($435) after being charged with disorderly conduct

Official statement also denies eyewitness accounts on the night of the singer's arrest

Gossip singer Beth Ditto fined £286 ($435) after being charged with disorderly conduct

Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Gossip singer Beth Ditto has been fined $435 (£286) after being arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. She pleaded no contest in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland to a disorderly conduct violation and was ordered to pay the fine last Wednesday (March 20).

The singer was reportedly arrested at 1:42am on March 15 after being denied service in the Bungalo Bar in Portland for being too drunk. At the time eyewitnesses claim that she was thrown out of the bar, "walked out in the middle of the street, threw off her shoes and purse and screamed 'Obama! Obama!'" which alerted police who subsequently arrested her, according to her arrest sheet.

A Reddit user who was allegedly drinking in the same bar as Ditto on the night posted his account of what happened prior to the arrest. The user stated that "By 1:30 Beth was completely blackout drunk challenging people to fights. My friends and I headed over to the Bungalow from the Alibi only to be met with Beth's belligerent asshole posse. We got our drinks and went out to the back, only to hear her and her friends breaking shit." He adds: "Fifteen minutes later she was arrested for being a complete fucking cunt. The bartender called the police because she kicked him in balls."

But a statement has been presented to NME on the singer's behalf denying both accounts, pointing out that no assault is mentioned in the official police statements. It reads: "Following recent reports surrounding the arrest of Beth Ditto in Portland we are able to set the record straight in regards to rumoured reports in the press and on the internet. Beth Ditto pleaded no contest in Multnomah County Circuit Court to a disorderly conduct violation and was ordered to pay a $435 fine."

It adds: "She did not have to attend the court in person. The violation charge is in the same class as a speeding ticket and was not a class B misdemeanor criminal charge as previously reported. Rumours of kicking someone or any physical violence are untrue and not part of any charges."
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