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Amy Winehouse's lover Reg Traviss charged with rape

Winehouse's father Reg had said Traviss "helped her with her problems and Amy was looking forward to their future together."
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Singer Amy Winehouse performs live on stage at Koko in Camden Town on November 14, 2006 in London. England. (Simone Joyner/AFP/Getty Images)

Amy Winehouse's lover at the time of her death last year, film director Reg Traviss, has been charged with rape.

Traviss, 35, who faces two counts of rape, was reportedly arrested Apr. 5 by London's Metropolitan Police.

Sky News quoted Rebecca Mundy, a lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service's London Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, as saying: "I have authorized the Metropolitan Police to charge Reginald Traviss with two counts of rape.

"The alleged offenses took place between 29 December 2011 and 1 January 2012."

That would mean the alleged rapes occurred just over five months after Winehouse's death at her home in Camden, north London.

Traviss, 35, who had been in a relationship with Winehouse for two years before her death, previously dated burlesque dancer Raven Isis Holt, the Sun wrote.

In his eulogy at her funeral Mr Winehouse said: "Recently Amy found love with Reg.

"He helped her with her problems and Amy was looking forward to their future together. She was the happiest she has been for years."

Later Traviss — behind movies as "Psychosis," which featured Charisma Carpenter and Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins, according to the Daily Mail — said that he had been throwing himself into his work to help cope with his grief.

He said: "I took six weeks off and dropped everything [when Amy died]. I'm just kind of getting back into work now."

Traviss — charged under his full name Reginald — will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on July 17.

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