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Pete Doherty was punched by Sweredriver singer in Hong Kong

Pete Doherty was punched by Sweredriver singer in Hong Kong

Pete Doherty was allegedly "decked" by Swervedriver singer Adam Franklin during an altercation in Hong Kong.

The Libertines - which includes Carl Barât, Gary Powell and John Hassall - were performing at the Clockenflap festival in the city alongside New Order and Damien Rice but things got messy at an after-party when Doherty "fell across the room" and "took a swing" at the fellow musician.

Swervedriver's frontman Adam told NME: "The hotel bar at the W Hotel in Kowloon was finally closing on Saturday night and someone invited Doherty and a few others back to our hotel room where there was a little after-party going on.

"He can't have been in the room for more than a minute or two before some kerfuffle broke out across the room - you'd have to ask him what that was about, although good luck getting anything out of him as he surely won't f***ing remember - and he fell across to the side of the room where I was sat having a chat with Gary and a couple of friends." Proving that indie music is still rock 'n' roll as ever, the singer alleged that Doherty "then suddenly took a swing at me and missed, I stood up and decked him and that was it. Gary, who I have to say is a lovely bloke, helped get him out of the room and [Doherty] was screaming 'He hit me! He hit me!' while people were pointing out to him that he had in fact tried to hit me first".

The 'Setting Sun' hitmaker continued: "Apparently I had said, 'So you're the famous Pete Doherty?' As I stood over him before they dragged him out, which entertained everybody else in the room and probably annoyed him but what was I supposed to say? He hadn't even introduced himself!"

Meanwhile, a Libertines spokesperson confirmed that an incident had occurred in Hong Kong and told NME: "With adrenaline running high after the show in Hong Kong, there was an unfortunate short altercation/misunderstanding of which no one was injured and apologies were made soon after."

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