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British rock singer Pete Doherty was arrested on Saturday after a police investigation into a tabloid photo that the paper said showed him injecting drugs into a female fan's arm as she lay unconscious.

It was the latest brush with the law for the 27-year-old, who is more famous for his on-off relationship with supermodel Kate Moss and his public battle with hard drugs than as the frontman of punk outfit Babyshambles.

"At 0800 this morning a man aged 27 years old was arrested on a street in an east London borough on suspicion of administering a noxious substance recklessly," a police spokesman said.

"He is in custody at the police station and inquiries continue."

The Sun tabloid printed the picture on Friday, saying it and another showing Doherty injecting himself with an unknown substance were taken at his home in Hackney, London, within the last five weeks.

Doherty has made a string of court appearances in recent months on drugs charges.

Last week he was arrested for suspected drug possession only hours after a judge spared him a jail term and ordered him to undergo rehabilitation for previous narcotics offences.

The pictures came seven months after the Sun's main British tabloid rival the Daily Mirror printed photographs apparently showing Moss snorting cocaine while Doherty and his bandmates recorded in a London studio.

Red is the color of love, at least that's what Czech super model Petra Nemcova thinks.

Nemcova, who survived the 2004 Asian tsunami disaster, has lined up US film star Bruce Willis for her latest charity project -- a book of photos of celebrities -- she told reporters at the launch of her Love Always Petra book last week.

But the Hollywood star that US gossip columns have described as infatuated with the Czech model and Sports Illustrated cover girl, is just "a good friend," Nemcova insisted.

"He came to a charity gala and supported my charity, Happy Hearts Fund, and still supports it. We have become good friends, but that is it," Nemcova said.

Shooting for the celebrity photo project should start in the next couple of months, she added. Earnings from her latest book and the celebrity project will contribute to the fund for helping rebuild the lives of Asian children hit by the December 2004 tsunami.

"The idea is that in the picture of the celebrities there will be a red item integrated, because red is the color of love," Nemcova said.

Nemcova's book was released in the US and Britain in December to mark the first anniversary of the tsunami in which her British photographer boyfriend, Simon Atlee, perished while the two were on holiday together in Thailand.

Nemcova survived the tsunami by clinging to a palm tree for eight hours.

David Copperfield has magically escaped getting robbed.

The 49-year-old illusionist was walking with two female assistants to their tour bus after his show last week at a performing arts center when four teens pulled up in a black car, a police report said.

Two armed robbers allegedly got out of the car and demanded the group's belongings. One woman handed over US$400 from her pockets and the other gave up her purse with US$100, her passport, plane tickets and a cell phone. Copperfield says he turned his pockets inside out to reveal nothing in them, even though he was carrying his passport, wallet and cell phone.

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