MOSS CASE CLOSED: Kate Moss‘ alleged cocaine abuse may have generated untold media coverage and sparked months of police investigation, but it turns out that like her modeling career, her personal record will remain untarnished. Due to lack of evidence, the Crown Prosecution Service said Thursday it will not charge Moss as a result of the footage of her allegedly taking cocaine in a London recording studio last year. “As the available evidence fell short of establishing the necessary crucial facts, we decided that there was no realistic prospect of conviction,” said Rene Barclay, director of serious case work at the CPS, in a statement. Barclay added the footage of Moss, which first appeared in the Daily Mirror, was “an absolutely clear indication” that she was using controlled substances. However, with neither forensic nor eyewitness evidence it was not possible to establish which drug it was, so no charge could be made.

The end of the investigation will seal Moss’ career turnaround, after the allegations initially caused jitters among her advertising clients. Since then, the model has fronted spring campaigns for Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli and Longchamp, and is set to feature in fall campaigns for Versace, Calvin Klein Jeans and Louis Vuitton.

RETAIL STAGE: Saks Fifth Avenue might have had a starring role in last year’s “Shopgirl,” but now it’s Bergdorf Goodman’s turn in the upcoming “The Nanny Diaries.” Star Scarlett Johansson spent a day filming at the store, including on the ground floor and in the new BG restaurant on the top level. And while the retailer gladly accommodated the movie hordes, the tills kept ringing: A section of the ground floor was blocked off throughout the day, but shoppers otherwise could use their credit cards at will. “They could still buy whatever they wanted,” said a spokeswoman for the film. “Except, of course, the scarves Scarlett was looking at or the hat she was holding.” Of course: Those probably would have ended up on eBay in a nanosecond.

The movie, which is being directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, stars Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti and will open sometime in 2007.

This story first appeared in the June 16, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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