Debbie Harry pens letter in support of Hoffman drug raid musician

Debbie Harry has thrown her support behind the jazz musician arrested on drug charges as part of an investigation into the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, by writing a letter urging a judge to spare him jail.

Robert Vineberg, also known by his stage name of Robert Aaron, was one of four suspects taken into custody following a police raid as part of a probe to discover the source of the heroin found in Hoffman’s apartment. The 57 year old was released on bail in February (14) and has denied a charge of possessing heroin with intent to sell.

On Tuesday (13May14), Vineberg’s legal team filed a motion calling for him to be sent to a drug treatment program instead of jail, while Harry and her Blondie guitarist Chris Stein have backed the request by penning a letter praising his character. The missive reads, “He has always acted as a consummate professional irregardless of any substance abuse problems. His work with us on recordings and live performances has been meticulous and his musicianship can’t be (overstated).”