Dappy was fined £800 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and costs of £930.
– Jon Harrison, Dappy's defence lawyer
It was no doubt a regrettable incident but one that was over very quickly and left a person red faced and very, very angry.He is a polarising figure who is clearly liked by a great many people but he is equally disliked by many others.
Summing up the case, prosecutor Jacqueline Carey had told the court:
It is no defence for anybody, celebrity or otherwise, to say 'I lashed out because he was rude to me'.
Dappy appeared on the court list under his real name Dino Costas Contostavlos. He had denied attacking George Chittock in the early hours of February 27 during a public appearance at Chicago's nightclub in Chelmsford. Dappy claimed he lashed out in self-defence.
But he was convicted by magistrates at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court. Chair of the bench Angela Tucker said the magistrates had found Contostavlos was not under any physical threat at the time of the incident. He held is head in his hands as the verdict was delivered.
Former N-Dubz singer Dappy has been found guilty at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court of assaulting a man in a nightclub.