Rapper Dappy removes Chindamo from video

Dino Costas Contostavlos, better known as N-Dubz rapper Dappy.
Dino Costas Contostavlos, better known as N-Dubz rapper Dappy. Photo: Press Association

A reference to the killer of headteacher Philip Lawrence has been removed from a video made by N-Dubz's Dappy after the star faced a storm of criticism.

The film for his new single Tarzan 2 originally had the message "Free Leo Chindamo" in the opening credits.

Chindamo was jailed last year after breaching the terms of his licence by meeting a gang member, breaking a curfew and failing a breath test, it is understood.

He was originally jailed for life with a minimum of 12 years after stabbing Mr Lawrence outside his school in west London.

A spokesman for the star said the film, which had more than 225,000 views on YouTube since it was uploaded on July 3, had been taken down and will be re-edited without the reference to Chindamo.

He added that Dappy will donate all his "personal royalties" from the track to crime reduction charity Nacro.

Earlier today, Dappy apologised and said he "honestly wasn't aware" of the high-profile crime which shocked the nation in December 1995.

N-Dubz star Dappy had called for the killer of headteacher Philip Lawrence to be freed in a video for his latest single.

The video for the track Tarzan 2, had the message "Free Leo Chindamo" in the opening credits.

Learco Chindamo was convicted of Philip Lawrence's murder.
Learco Chindamo was convicted of Philip Lawrence's murder. Credit: Press Association

He wrote: "I knew his brother from when I was young. In no way did I intend to cause upset and certainly didn't know about his past. My heart goes out to Mr Lawrence's family. I know too well the pain of losing a loved one, sincerely Dappy."

The video also sees the rapper take aim at X Factor supremo Simon Cowell and some of the show's stars, including Joe McElderry and Alexandra Burke.

It features people in Cowell masks and at one point, Dappy raps: "Where are they all now? They're bankrupt. Joe McElderry oh a stand-up, Alexandra pull your socks up."

He also tweeted fans, telling them: "Hope ur enjoying Tarzan Part 2. Like i told u im just warming up. Its only right 1 of us tells it how it should."

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.... Here u go guys!! Tarzan pt.2 I'm Coming official video: http://t.co/AZEXhjlo SPREAD THAT!! xxxx

Chindamo was jailed last year after breaching the terms of his licence by meeting a gang member, breaking a curfew and failing a breath test, it is understood.

He was originally jailed for life with a minimum of 12 years after stabbing Mr Lawrence outside his school in west London in 1995.

Headteacher Philip Lawrence was stabbed to death outside a west London school in 1995.
Headteacher Philip Lawrence was stabbed to death outside a west London school in 1995. Credit: Press Association

The Sun reports Dappy attended the same school as Chindamo.