SMITH TO ‘BEHAVE’

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New York court will drop assault charges against Mark E Smith if he keeps a clean sheet until August...

MARK E SMITH will have an assault charge against him dropped if he “behaves himself” until August 21, a court in New York ruled on February 22.

Smith was arrested last April for allegedly attacking his girlfriend and Fall keyboard player Julia Nagle in a New York hotel.

Busta Rhymes also appeared in the same court on the same day to face a charge of possessing an illegal loaded handgun. His case was adjourned until March 16.

Meanwhile, the new single by The Fall‘Touch Sensitive’ – is released on March 15, taken from their 31st album ‘The Marshall Suite’.

The band’s 22nd line-up consisting of Smith, Nagle, Neville Wilding (gtr), Adam Halal (bass) and Tom Head (drums) hit the road in May, playing at

Leeds Irish Centre (May 4) Birmingham Foundry (5) Brighton New Concorde (6) Sheffield University (9) Cheltenham The Attic (10) Cambridge Junction (11) Southend Cinnery’s (12) Luton Venue 21 (13) London Kentish Town Forum (14)

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