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  1. Father's farewell

    Mitch Winehouse, the father of the late British singer Amy Winehouse, arrives at Golders Green Crematorium in London for a ceremony for his daughter on Tuesday, July 26.

    Amy Winehouse died at her London home on Saturday, July 23, at the age of 27. The cause of death has not yet been determined. (Luke Macgregor / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Remembering a friend

    Winehouse friend Kelly Osbourne, sporting a beehive style hairdo in tribute to the deceased singer, leaves after a cremation ceremony in London on Tuesday, July 26. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Always a story

    Photographers angle for a shot of guests at the ceremony for Winehouse outside the Golders Green Crematorium in London on July 26. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Fade to 'Black'

    Mark Ronson leaves the cremation of Winehouse in London on July 26. The music producer worked on Winehouse's smash album "Back to Black." (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A family mourns

    Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch; brother Alex; former boyfriend Reg Traviss and mother Janis look at memorabilia left by fans of the singer outside of her London flat on Monday, July 25. Mitch Winehouse thanked admirers of his daughter for showing their support, saying "it means so much to me and my family." (Luke Macgregor / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Showered with flowers

    A mourner adds to the floral tributes outside Winehouse's home in London on Sunday, July 24. (Danny Martindale / Getty Images ) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Sharing sorrow

    Fans gather outside Winehouse's home on Sunday, July 24. (Kerim Okten / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Leaving tributes

    Fans place flowers and tributes in memory of the singer on Sunday, July 24. (Stefan Wermuth / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. A sad farewell

    Winehouse's body is carried into a private ambulance on Saturday, July 23. (Andy Rain / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Paying respects

    An Amy Winehouse fan puts a note outside Winehouse's home in London. It reads in part: "Dearest Amy. I'm glad u made it home." (Stefan Wermuth / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Mourning Winehouse

    British singer and filmmaker Reg Traviss, who reportedly dated Winehouse, looks on as a member of the public passes to lay flowers near the late singer's home. (Joel Ryan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Final turn in the spotlight

    In this June 18, 2011 file photo, Amy Winehouse performs on stage during her concert in Belgrade, Serbia on June 18, 2011. The singer slurred her way through a set as the crowd of 20,000 booed, then left the stage early while her band played without her to fulfill the contract. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. An early end

    Winehouse performs on stage at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, Britain, on June 28, 2008. (Frantzesco Kangaris / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. In court

    Winehouse arrives at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court north of London on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. The singer pleaded guilty to assaulting a theater manager who asked her to leave a family Christmas show starring Mickey Rooney because she had too much to drink. (Leon Neal / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Front and center

    Winehouse attends The Q Awards at the Grosvenor House in London on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009. The singer's father, Mitch Winehouse, said recently that she had breast-enhancement surgery. On the British TV show "This Morning," he said she looks "absolutely fantastic." (Dave M. Benett / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Back in court

    Winehouse arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in central London, on Thursday, July 23, 2009. The British singer faces trial for an alleged assault on a woman at a charity ball last September. (Shaun Curry / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. For her Blake, incarcerated

    Winehouse arrives at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London on Monday, June 2, 2009, where her husband Blake Fielder-Civil was appearing on charges of perverting the course of justice and assault. (Sang Tan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Sip of Winehouse

    Winehouse pauses for a drink while performing for 90,000 spectators on the main stage of the Rock in Rio Lisboa music festival at the Bela Vista Park in Portugal on Friday, May 30, 2009. (Steven Governo / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Q&A with police

    Winehouse arrives at Holborn police station after being invited in for questioning on Friday, April 25, 2009, in London. The troubled singer had been accused of assaulting a member of the public during an incident at a pub. (Cate Gillon / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Brit diva

    Winehouse performs at the Brit Awards 2008 in London on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The event is the UK's biggest music awards show. (Matt Dunham / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Grammy success

    Winehouse hugs her mother Janis Winehouse after accepting a Grammy Award at the Riverside Studios for the 50th Grammy Awards ceremony via video link on Feb. 10 in London. Winehouse won five out of her six nominations including record of the year, best new artist, song of the year, pop vocal album and female pop vocal performance. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Blonde having less fun

    Temporarily blond and without her trademark beehive hairdo, Winehouse leaves Snaresbrook Crown Court in London after a hearing for her husband Blake Fielder-Civil on Friday, Jan. 18. (Sang Tan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Free to bee

    Winehouse performs at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago on Aug. 5, 2007. The tattooed, beehived soul singer has often had her immense musical talents eclipsed by her struggles off stage. (Brian Kersey / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. 'No, no, no ...'

    Winehouse performs at the Glastonbury music festival, in Pilton, England on June 22, 2007. "Rehab" became the hit song from the British singer's second album, "Back to Black." (Carl De Souza / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Before their troubles

    Winehouse and husband musician Blake Fielder-Civil arrive at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on June 3, 2007, in Universal City, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Bursting onto the scene

    Winehouse arrives at the Earls Court Arena in London for the Brit Awards on Feb. 14, 2007. She won the award for Best British Female Solo Artist. (Leon Neal / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Understanding addiction

    Actor Russell Brand hugs Winehouse in 2006. Himself a former addict, Brand wrote a touching blog post after Winehouse's death about the struggles of addiction and pleaded for readers to help those in their lives with similar troubles. (Dave Hogan / Getty Images file) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Pre-bee

    Looking a bit healthier, and without her trademark hairdo and tattoos, Winehouse poses in the pressroom at the annual Nationwide Mercury Music Prize at the Grosvenor House on Sept. 7, 2004 in London. (Dave Hogan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 1/20/2010 9:10:38 AM ET 2010-01-20T14:10:38

Amy Winehouse admits it went beyond seasonal spirit.

The soul diva pleaded guilty Wednesday to assaulting a theater manager who asked her to leave a family Christmas show starring Mickey Rooney because she had too much to drink.

The singer, whose scrapes with the law often overshadow her music, was given a fine and a warning to stay out of trouble by a judge who praised her for trying to clean up her act.

District Judge Peter Crabtree ordered Winehouse to pay her victim 185 pounds ($300) in costs and compensation, and handed down a conditional discharge, meaning the singer will avoid further punishment as long as she does not commit any more offenses for two years.

“(That) may be harder than a fine, because you have now got to stay on the straight and narrow for the next two years,” the judge said.

“If you commit another offense you’ll be hit hard and you’ll be hit twice,” he said.

A scrum of photographers met media-magnet Winehouse as she arrived at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court, 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of London, dressed in a white shirt and dark skirt with her beehive hair piled high.

The 26-year-old singer admitted charges of disorder and common assault during a Dec. 19 performance of the pantomime “Cinderella,” in which 89-year-old Rooney played the heroine’s father, Baron Hardup. The petite singer had earlier admitted drinking five vodka and cola drinks before the show.

Audiences at British pantomimes — a popular form of seasonal variety show incorporating fairy-tale plots, slapstick humor, cross-dressing and music — are traditionally rambunctious and are encouraged to shout at the stage and join in with the songs. But prosecutors said Winehouse’s behavior went beyond the usual audience participation.

Prosecution lawyer Julian Vickery said Winehouse had been “raising her voice in the spirit of the pantomime” during the show at Milton Keynes Theater. She “accepted in interview that some members of the audience may have found her disorderly,” and one had asked her to be quiet, he said.

The attorney said Winehouse was moved to a private box for the second half of the show, but later left the auditorium to go to the toilet and, passing the bar, asked manager Richard Pound for a double vodka and Coke. Vickery said Winehouse felt “hurt, embarrassed and patronized” when Pound suggested she have a glass of water instead and then asked her to leave because she had had too much to drink.

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He said Winehouse “with no premeditation, grabbed his hair and pulled.” She also was overheard muttering obscenities.

Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings The judge said it was “obvious that alcohol played its part” in the incident. He said a medical report showed the singer had since tried to curb her drinking.

“You clearly have taken effort from this report to address your alcohol problems and any other problems you may have, so you get credit for that,” the judge said.

Defense lawyer Paul Morris said Winehouse had made “huge changes” to her lifestyle.

Winehouse had been charged under her married name, Amy Civil, after reporting to a police station Dec. 23.

The singer shot to stardom with the Grammy-winning album “Back to Black” in 2006, but her music has been overshadowed by drug use, legal run-ins and a tempestuous marriage that ended in divorce last year.

Since her divorce from Blake Fielder-Civil in July, Winehouse has kept a lower profile, spending several months in St. Lucia and then moving from London’s nightlife hub of Camden to the quiet suburb of Barnet.

She recently has been back in the recording studio, raising fan hopes of a follow-up to “Back to Black.”

Last July she was acquitted of assaulting a fan who asked to take her picture after a charity ball. The judge said he could not be sure the blow had been deliberate.

After Wednesday’s hearing, local police superintendent Simon Eatwell warned that celebrity disorder would not be allowed in Milton Keynes, a busy “new town” of 200,000 people, largely developed since the 1960s.

“Milton Keynes has a very safe nighttime economy,” he said. “We will not tolerate incidents of public disorder and will always deal with them robustly.”

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