Pete Doherty admits running away on the night Mark Blanco fell to his death from a balcony as he describes the incident as ‘shady and f***ed up’
Pete Doherty has admitted he ran away on the fatal night when Mark Blanco lost his life in 2006.
While The Libertines frontman, 44, denied any knowledge of how the actor fell or whether he was pushed from the balcony of a flat in East London, he described the incident as ‘shady and f***ed up’.
Appearing on Louis Theroux’s Interview series, Pete opened up about the incident, confessing he believes the anger from Mark’s mother Sheila was ‘misplaced.’
The rockstar, who recently revealed all about his brutal drug addiction in new documentary, admitted he regretted running away, yet he fled the scene for fear of being arrested due to his possession of class A drugs.
He told the journalist: ‘You can’t blame her for that. Her son fell to his death and some people, I think, genuinely, believe he was thrown to his death. And then I’m on camera running away.
Honest: Pete Doherty, 44, has admitted running away on the night Mark Blanco fell to his death from a balcony as he describes the incident as ‘shady and f***ed up’ during interview with Louis Theroux (pictured in 2004)
Tragic: While The Libertines frontman, 44, denied any knowledge of how the actor fell or whether he was pushed from the balcony of a flat in East London (Mark pictured with his mum Sheila)
‘I’ve never met Sheila Blanco, but I can understand her anger. I think her anger at me, well, it is misplaced.’
Marco sadly died in hospital from head injuries a day after he was found under the balcony of Doherty’s literary agent and friend Paul Roundhill.
‘No one knows what happened because no one saw it. I certainly didn’t see it’, added Pete.
‘I probably should have stood my ground, taken a deep breath and had the f***ing balls to stay there, flush everything down the toilet and be there when the police came.
‘But I didn’t want to see the police. It was a f***ing inconvenience to me and that’s an awful thing to say. He’s lying dying in the street and I was concerned about getting nicked for possession.’
Pete’s addiction led to him having multiple run ins with the law and the rockstar was in and out of prison.
He added: ‘I just remember feeling so much f***ing relief when I told the police what I knew and they believed me.’
Yet Pete also admitted to Louis that him and Mark didn’t get on, ‘There was a bit of friction between us.’
Candid: Pete told the journalist that he regretted running away, yet he fled the scene for fear of being arrested due to his possession of class A drugs
Tough times: Pete’s addiction led to him having multiple run ins with the law and the rockstar was in and out of prison (pictured in 2007 for a review of his drug treatment order)
Clean: Pete has left his turbulent past behind and now lives in Normandy with his partner Katia de Vidas and six-month-old daughter Billie-May
Reflecting on the night, Pete recalled, ‘We all had an altercation with Mark Blanco. There was pushing and shoving. The next thing he’s on the floor and his skull’s cracked open.’
Back in September CCTV analyst and FBI instructor Grant Frederick has alleged, based on fresh analysis of footage of the fall, that ‘there couldn’t be just one person on the balcony’.
He told The Mirror: ‘What I would see is that Mark has come out and somebody has taken Mark and is putting him over the balcony.
‘If the measurements and the distance are correct, then Mark was thrown over the balcony, Mark was murdered.’
At the launch for the series last month, Louis said he believed Pete’s story as he commented: ‘I felt he was truthful emotionally.’
Louis Theroux Interviews – Pete Doherty airs on BBC Two on Tuesday at 9pm.
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