Former N-Dubz singer Dappy has been found guilty at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court of assaulting a man in a nightclub.
Former N-Dubz singer Dappy (real name Dino Costas Contostavlos) told police he slapped a man in self-defence as he lived in constant fear he might be stabbed, a court has heard.
In a police statement read to the court, Contostavlos said he had been "cut" in an incident four or five years earlier at a nightclub in Nottingham. Asked if he feared he was going to be stabbed on the night of the incident, he added: "Yeah of course, I'm always concerned about that."
Contostavlos claimed George Chittock had abused him three times over the course of the night, including insulting his dead father. "He looked like he was going to do something," he said, adding, "It was self-defence, I did not want to get hit."
Mr Contostavlos denies assault by beating.
George Chittock has denied deliberately intimidating the former N-Dubz singer, who faces trial over allegedly attacking Mr Chittock outside Chicago's nightclub in Chelmsford, Essex.
In response to suggestions he had abused Dappy over the course of the night, Mr Chittock said: "I was not in his face. I was not in his personal area. He turned around to strike me."
Asked whether he had insulted the musician about his dead father, seconds before he was slapped, Mr Chittock said: "I would not say that, I have close family members who have died and that is not right."
Jon Harrison, defending suggested Mr Chittock was ejected from a VIP area after.
Mr Chittock agreed he had been ejected from the area but denied saying anything abusive.
CCTV footage of the alleged attack slap by Dappy on a man outside Chicago's nightclub in Chelmsford, Essex, was played to the court.
The black-and-white footage, which lasts about 10 seconds, showed the former N-Dubz singer "surrounded by security" when he turned and "slapped" George Chittock, Prosecutor Jaqueline Carey said.
Dappy, who's real name is Dino Costas Contostavlos, was acting out of "annoyance" in a "violent and unjustifiable manner" after claiming he was verbally abused during the night, she told the court.
Jon Harrison, defending, said early in the evening Mr Chittock told Contostavlos: "Dappy, you're a mug, I'm going to knock you out."
Mr Chittock replied: "Incorrect."
Former N-Dubz singer Dappy slapped a member of the public outside a nightclub in Chelmsford, Essex, a court has heard.
The 27-year-old, whose real name is Dino Costas Contostavlos, is accused of attacking George Chittock after a "meet and greet" at Chicago's in the early hours of February 2.
The pair were in a smoking area along with Contostavlos's minder and two of the club's own doorstaff at about 2am when he was seen to slap Mr Chittock, Prosecutor Jaqueline Carey told the court.
He denies assault by beating and is standing trial at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court.
Comedian Jim Davidson has offered his support to N-Dubz singer Dappy by attending his trial at Chelmsford Magistrates Court.
The musician, appearing in court under his real name Dino Costas Contostavlos, is accused of attacking a man in the early hours of February 27th.
He and veteran comedian Davidson became friends after appearing on Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year, with Davidson pipping Dappy to win the show.
Davidson said: "Dappy is a good friend of mine, we became close on Big Brother. I don't know what's happened in this case but I'm just here to show him my support."
Dappy has pleaded not guilty to one count of assault by beating.