Former N-Dubz singer Dappy guilty of nightclub assault

Former N-Dubz singer Dappy has been found guilty at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court of assaulting a man in a nightclub.

Dappy 'lived in fear of being cut again'

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.

Dappy arriving at court. Credit: Press Association

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.

Read: Man denies provoking Dappy before 'slap'

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Man denies provoking Dappy before 'slap'

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."

George Chittock denied deliberately intimidating Dappy, the court heard.
George Chittock denied deliberately intimidating Dappy, the court heard. Credit: PA

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.

Read: CCTV footage of alleged Dappy 'slap' shown to jury

CCTV footage of alleged Dappy 'slap' shown to jury

CCTV footage of the alleged attack slap by Dappy on a man outside Chicago's nightclub in Chelmsford, Essex, was played to the court.

Former N-Dubz singer is on trial at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court and is accused of attacking George Chittock.
Former N-Dubz singer is on trial at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court and is accused of attacking George Chittock. Credit: PA

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."

Dappy 'slapped man at Essex nightclub', court hears

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 27-year-old, who's real name is Dino Costas Contostavlos, is accused of attacking George Chittock in the early hours of February 2.
The 27-year-old, who's real name is Dino Costas Contostavlos, is accused of attacking George Chittock in the early hours of February 2. Credit: PA

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.

Read: Jim Davidson offers Dappy support at court case

Jim Davidson offers Dappy support at court case

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.

Dappy arriving at court this morning. Credit: Ben Kendall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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."

Jim Davidson showing his support outside Chelmsford Magistrates Court. Credit: Ben Kendall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Dappy has pleaded not guilty to one count of assault by beating.

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