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Star Adam Ant detained in hospital

LONDON, England -- British pop star Adam Ant has been admitted to a psychiatric ward in London under the Mental Health Act.

The singer, who had a string of hits in the 1980s with his band Adam and The Ants, was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in north London by police the day after he was accused of pulling out a gun at the Prince of Wales pub in Kentish Town.

The 47 year old -- real name Stuart Goddard -- was arrested on Saturday night and charged the following day with criminal damage, actual bodily harm and possession of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

He was bailed to appear in court at a later date.

Police then detained the singer on Monday night and he was taken to the Royal Free Hospital where he was detained. Under the act, doctors can hold him for 28 days while they assess his condition.

A statement issued on the singer's official Web site said: "Due to Adam's recent arrest that occurred on January 12, 2002, would like to release the following official statement.

"Adam Ant was admitted into hospital on the evening of Monday, January 14. In a recent (newspaper interview) Adam openly admitted his lifelong battle with manic depression.

"As Adam acted as a potential danger to others this past weekend, for his own safety and well being, his close friends and family recommended that Adam be admitted to a hospital in Hampstead, London, for care.

"Adam is not suicidal, however, family and friends are concerned that Adam is not receiving the care that he requires and they do not wish to see him become a potential threat to himself. Adam may be admitted for up to four weeks and his trial date set for January 28 will be postponed."

Renewed interest

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called at 7.15pm on Monday regarding concerns for the safety of a 47-year-old man.

"Police from Camden located him in the Camden Lock area and took him to the Royal Free Hospital.

"He has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act."

The singer, famous for his painted face and flamboyant dress sense, has had a string of hits including Ant Music, Dog Eat Dog, Stand And Deliver and Prince Charming.

In recent years he moved to America where he turned his attention to acting, appearing in several films and TV shows, including "The Equaliser," "Amazing Stories" and "Tales from the Crypt."

Ant had recently enjoyed renewed interest on the back of the nostalgia in the UK for the 1980s, and was due to perform as part of a tour involving ABC, China Crisis, Howard Jones, Belinda Carlisle and former Spandau Ballets.


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