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Monday, 6 November, 2000, 12:18 GMT
Hutchence 'bad influence' on Yates
Paula Yates
Paula Yates: Friends claim Hutchence introduced her to drink and drugs
The late TV presenter Paula Yates' decline began when she met her partner Michael Hutchence, according to claims made in a TV documentary.

The Channel 4 programme, The Real Paula Yates, to be screened on Tuesday, claims INXS singer Hutchence introduced Yates to drink and drugs and took her away from the protection of family and friends.

Hutchence and Yates
Hutchence and Yates were together for three years

Interviews with close friends and colleagues form the basis of the documentary.

It looks back at Yates' life from her marriage to singer Bob Geldof in 1986 to her efforts to deal with Hutchence's tragic death in 1997.

Yates was found dead at her home in Notting Hill on 17 September.

An inquest into her sudden death has been opened and adjourned while further tests are completed to establish her cause of death.

In The Real Paula Yates, a number of her friends claim she was on a slippery slope from the moment she began her relationship with Hutchence.

Influence

Music journalist Paul Gambaccini tells the show: "The Michael Hutchence adventure took her away geographically because, of course, another continent was involved, and lifestyle-wise introducing her to habits that Bob had never been involved with."

Yates was with Boomtown Rats singer-turned-businessman Bob Geldof for 18 years. They had three daughters.

Yates had been teetotal most of her life
Yates had been teetotal most of her life

She became Hutchence's partner in 1994 and they stayed together until he was found hanged in a hotel room in Sydney in 1997.

Chris Hill from Ensign Records, knew Yates throughout her marriage to Geldof.

He tells Channel 4 he was convinced that Hutchence was a bad influence on his friend.

"I'll never forgive Michael for the drink and the drugs. I'm absolutely sure, positive that he got her involved in all the things that people thought he got her involved in.

"I think he was responsible for all of that and he was responsible for all the subsequent pain," he said.

"She'd have overcome the Michael thing if the drink and drugs hadn't been involved.

"She would have got on with her life because the kids meant that much to her."

Photographer Brian Aris. also interviewed, said it was "well-documented" that Yates had been a non-drinker most of her life.

"It's hard not to apportion blame when you see that happen to someone who you care for," he said.

The claims come just a few days after Hutchence's mother spoke out against Yates, saying her son would still be alive if he had not met her.

Patricia Glassop told BBC Radio 5Live's Nicky Campbell that the INXS singer had "lost his elegance" after meeting Yates.

Hutchence's mother was in the UK to promote a book about her son, Just A Man.

She said although Hutchence had taken drugs in the past, it was only after Yates came into his life that it became a problem.

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