Thursday, September 9, 2010

Model Rosemary Arrested For Felony Drug and Disdemeanor Vehicle Charges

Model and singer Rosemary Vandenbroucke - who was arrested and charged by US police in a drug bust at the weekend - could lose her Hong Kong contract if she is found guilty.

Elite Hong Kong Model Management said yesterday that Vandenbroucke was on vacation in Nevada - not for work - when arrested by police.

The agency could terminate her freelance contract should she be found guilty and if such an action was requested by its clients.

According to Nevada sheriff Ron Skinner, Vandenbroucke, 28, had a small amount of ecstasy when she was arrested on Sunday. This was after an officer questioned her about a substance she was allegedly seen passing to another person at the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert.

She was charged with possession of a controlled substance and released on bail of US$15,000 (HK$117,000) pending a court appearance on October 19. A conviction could result in up to four years' probation.

Arrest records show Vandenbroucke produced a French passport and also provided a Hong Kong address.

Police sergeant Jim Stegmaier said she also faces three misdemeanor charges for crashing her rented 13-meter motor home into Reno's "Biggest Little City in the World" arch on Monday.

"She ended up hitting a fire hydrant, shearing it off, and hitting the base of the Reno sign," Stegmaier said. "It caused substantial damage to the motor home."

She will appear in court on September 29 to answer those charges.

Vandenbroucke, born in the south of France, has a Russian-French father and a Chinese mother, Julie, who acts as her CD manager. She returned to Hong Kong to study at an international school.

At 14 she won the second Elite Model Look contest and by 1996 had established herself as a star in the fashion industry. In 1998 she became ambassador for the Yves Saint Laurent brand.

Vandenbroucke began playing the guitar and writing songs in 2001. Her debut album in 2006 features Cantonese, Putonghua and English songs.

In January 2006, Vandenbroucke was invited by mainland fashion manufacturer Suen Yan to create her own fashion brand, Rosemary.

From: Associated Press & The Standard


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