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Tuesday, 16 May, 2000, 09:43 GMT 10:43 UK
Violence mars All Saints party
Bootsy Collins, Melanie Blatt, Nicole and Natalie Appleton adn Dave Stewart
Bootsy Collins with the trio and Dave Stewart
Ten people were injured when fighting broke out at the launch party in Cannes for the new film featuring members of All Saints.

Riot police were called after bottles and chairs were thrown at the Palm Beach nightclub following the midnight screening of the film, Honest.

Some eyewitnesses say there was panic when gangs rushed the security guards. Others said it was feared somebody had fired a gun, although police said there was no evidence that this was true.

Dave Stewart, Nicole Appleton, Melanie Blatt, Natalie Appleton
The fracas followed a midnight screening of Honest

It is believed Melanie Blatt and Nicole and Natalie Appleton had already left the party when the trouble broke out.

A spokeswoman for the party organisers described the incident as minor.

She said: "There was a little bit of a fracas with local people trying to get in, but that's all."

Before the screening, the producers had thrown a lavish party to celebrate Natalie Appleton's 27th birthday, which was on Sunday.

Funk legend Bootsy Collins performed on stage with U2 guitarist The Edge and Eurythmics musician Dave Stewart, who produced the crime film set in 1960s London.

Other celebrities at the party included model Jerry Hall, actors Ioan Grufford and Michael Madsen, and former Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof.

Sex and drugs

Earlier in the day, Dave Stewart told how he had had to remove music from Jimi Hendrix's album Electric Ladyland from an acid trip sequence in the film, because the Hendrix estate objected.

Natalie Appleton, Melanie Blatt, Nicole Appleton
The trio insist the film is not a vehicle for their group

He said: "I've got a letter from Jimi Hendrix's estate which I've framed, saying, 'We don't want Jimi's music connected with sex or drugs'."

Although it has received lukewarm reviews, Honest has attracted plenty of press attention in the UK for its sex scenes - many of which, Stewart said, were drawn from his own experiences.

He said of a scene involving US actor Peter Facinelli standing naked in the middle of Trafalgar Square: "I was actually doing that in 1968, but I didn't put in the film that I got arrested."

Melanie Blatt and the Appleton sisters insist the film is not a vehicle for their group - songwriter Shaznay Lewis was in the US during filming and was not involved in the project.

Shaznay Lewis
Shaznay Lewis was in the US when the film was being made

But Nicole said she had been encouraged by positive notices in the industry papers, Variety and Hollywood Reporter.

When asked if she would like to pursue her film career, she said: "I'd love to. It was so nice to read that, I must say. Yeah, I'd love to do that.

"My priority is with the All Saints. We've got a lot coming up in the next couple of years, but if the time was right it would be nice to do.

"It's nice to be appreciated."

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