Peter Murphy’s attorney entered the plea of not guilty in a Glendale, CA courtroom Tuesday (March 19). Murphy, former Bauhaus frontman and unofficial leader of the 80’s goth movement, was arrested Saturday (March 16) and charged with three misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, hit-and-run driving and possessing methamphetamine. The British singer’s bail had been set at $500,000.
According to the Glendale News Press, the singer did not appear in court yesterday. Instead, his attorney Robert Wilson entered the plea on his behalf.
As previously reported, the singer allegedly rear-ended a Mercedes in Glendale, CA, injuring the driver, and then fled to the scene. An eyewitness in a pickup truck reportedly followed Murphy’s Subaru Forester from the scene, blocking him on his way into Los Angeles until police arrived.
Murphy admitted to being involved in the traffic collision, yet denied drinking any alcohol, siting jet lag as the reason for his state of mind. The singer also claimed that a bag of methamphetamine seized by police was not his. Officers said they believed he was trying to dispose of the bag in the patrol car.
Despite being a potential flight risk, Judge Frederick Rotenberg released Murphy on his own recognizance, allowing Murphy to continue planning his North American and European spring tour which begins April 22 in Texas.
Murphy will return to court for his pre-trial hearing May 17.