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Amy Winehouse denies hitting 'overfriendly' fan in the eye as her court case continues

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"I meant to just get her away from me - I was scared of her," Amy told the court on Thursday. The Back To Black singer is accused of punching Sherene Flash at the summer ball in Berkeley Square last year
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24 JULY 2009

Amy Winehouse has been telling a court that she pushed a fan who asked for a photograph after a performance because she was scared – but denied punching her.

Speaking from the witness box during her trial for assault this week, the 25-year-old singer described the incident at a charity gala last September.

Amy said that she'd been happy to pose with the well-wisher, but asked her to wait for a few minutes while she said goodbye to a friend.

"I didn’t know what she was going to do," said the chanteuse of the incident, which took place at the Berkeley Square summer ball, where she was dueting with her goddaughter, 13-year-old Dionne Bromfield.

"She lunged at me and put her arm around me. I think she was being overfriendly, but that was intimidating," she added." I'm not Mickey Mouse. I'm a human being."

Describing the push, Amy - flanked by her dad Mitch and four security guards as she arrived at court in a grey pinstripe suit - said: "It was more like an indication of 'leave me alone'…I meant to just get her away from me - I was scared of her.

"I am probably only five foot two or three... She's a big girl. I was scared," she continued.

Prosecuting, Lyall Thompson argued that his client Sherene politely asked the Back To Black star for a photo, but Amy responded by punching her in the eye using "unjustifiable violence".

If convicted of common assault, Amy, who recently returned from a controversial stay in St Lucia, could face up to six months in jail or a £5000 fine.

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